PSM MP, activists spend night in lock-up

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The 31 PSM activists, including Sungai Siput MP Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj, held yesterday at the Kepala Batas District Police Headquarters spent the night in police lock-ups. Over in Johor, some 30 PSM activists were released from the Ledang Police Station in Tangkak at around 4.00am.

Four lawyers from Penang Island – Lim Kah Cheng, Agatha Foo, Karen Lai and T Rajamoorthy – tried in vain to seek the release of those held in Kepala Batas.

Outside the station, a crowd of about 20 staged an impromptu candlelight vigil and chanted “Hidup hidup, hidup rakyat! Bebas bebas, bebas tahanan!” They also rattled water bottles with pebbles inside. Among those in the crowd were activists from Suaram, Aliran, Pas, PKR and JIM as well as an MPSP councillor from DAP. Nibong Tebal MP Tan Tee Beng, affiliated to Kita, also turned up later.

Police responded by beaming a spotlight at the crowd and taking numerous photographs. At one point, police lost patience and dozens marched out to move in on the demonstrators. The crowd quickly dispersed but later returned to keep vigil outside the station. By then, a police light strike force unit had taken up position outside the entrance to the police station.

The male detainees shouted “Hidup perjuangan!” as they were led to trucks before being driven off to police lock-ups in Butterworth and Sungai Dua just before 3.00am while the women activists spent the night in the Kepala Batas Police Station. Word from the lawyers last night is that the police are looking at the sedition angle in their investigations.

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Lawyers expressed frustration at being hindered from meeting the detainees. The police at the guardhouse had delayed or blocked them from entering the station. It was only when the lawyers said they wanted to lodge reports against the police for blocking their access to the detainees that they were allowed into the station to make those reports.

This morning the lawyers are still trying to see their clients. Kah Cheng tried unsuccessfully to visit those held in Butterworth. She is now waiting in Kepala Batas.

A remand hearing is expected to be held at the Butterworth Magistrates’ Court at 2.30pm. A team of lawyers led by criminal lawyer Chandra Segaran, along with Karen Lai, Agatha Foo, Sukhindarpal Singh and Benjamin Sathyanandam, is expected to be present.

The activists were on a whistle-stop road-show in the northern region as part of their “Udalah, bersaralah BN” campaign. They were detained in the afternoon at the Sungai Dua toll plaza before they could reach their last stop in Penang Island. The bus they were travelling in, ironically bearing a 1Malaysia logo in front, was also taken to the Kepala Batas Police Station.

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Anil,
It is so…. Obvious!!!
It has Nothing To Do With Bersih This or Bersih That!!!
When The RAKYAT are Enjoying a Peaceful, Harmonious and Happy Malaysia, The OPPOSITION = Pembangkang Rakyat (PR) will Trying To Have a Side-show and Create Trouble for The RAKYAT AGAIN & AGAIN!!!
This is the TRADEMARK of PR!!!

Kamisah
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Kamisah

I find it very strange that the govt and polis have decided to take this path against the PSM activists.

It is clear that with increasing levels of power abuse, there will be decreasing levels of electorate’s confidence that the govt is capable.

Furthermore, it reflects the govt’s own low self esteem that it has to resort to this type of bullying.

And one thing is clear now. We have NO IDEA who is running the country, nor what our country stands for, nor where we are heading.

Gerakan K
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Gerakan K

Padan muka. Charge them for sedition. I’m so angry with their slogan.

Andrew I
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Andrew I

Didn’t know you can feel.

ketuanan samseng
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ketuanan samseng

What BN fears above all is multi-racial opposition, because it shows them as irrelevant.

KK Tan
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KK Tan

Our polis took the same hardline approach in 2007 and that ripple later amplified into the 308 tsunami. This time they can’t count on the fact that only one race will be alienated. The only way BN can score any points is to let the Bersih 2.0 rally happen in the intended peaceful manner without the interference from Perkasa and Umno Youth.

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http://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/2011/06/26/19889/#more-19889 8 reforms drawn up and demanded on behalf of Malaysians by the the Bersih steering committee: 1. Clean the electoral roll The electoral roll is marred with irregularities such as deceased persons and multiple persons registered under a single address or non-existent addresses. The electoral roll must be revised and updated to wipe out these ‘phantom voters’. The rakyat have a right to an electoral roll that is an accurate reflection of the voting population. In the longer term, BERSIH 2.0 also calls for the EC to implement an automated voter registration system upon eligibility to reduce irregularities. 2.… Read more »

Charlie Oscar
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Charlie Oscar

Anil,
8. Stop dirty politics
This point is very interesting!!!
This is the Trademark of PR!!!
Don’t you agree???

moo_t
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moo_t

These are universal request.
If someday Pakatan Rakyat run an “eat healthy food” campaign, I bet you start eating ****?

rilakkuma
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rilakkuma

credibility of the Star paper ?

Sunday Star page 24 :
Tan Sri Kadir Sheikh Fadzir (former Minister of Tourism / In formation) says : Actualyy, I resigned from the Cabinet to o into business but it was not easy to do business with practically no money at all”.

No money at all ? Look at his Kulim mansion like a mini palace.

The Star has failed to report in a convincing manner.

SunnyOoi
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SunnyOoi

Please people. Stop reading it!

Bersih Lagi Best
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Bersih Lagi Best

Can still read (but not buying) to know the (rubbish) chua sl & wong cw are serving us !

Andrew I
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Andrew I

Why buy rubbish when they HAVE to give it out for free on the net?

feleaz
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feleaz

The more effective and faster way is to ask companies to stop advertising in The Star. The newspaper derives most of its income from advertisement.

tunglang
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tunglang

“Actually, I resigned from the Cabinet to go into business but it was not easy to do business with practically no money at all”.
A No Brainer will ask:Then why go into business?…

Now I can see Grade A IQ of our Cabinet Ministers!

Erwin
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Erwin

This is expected as najib has said he does not want to be ‘Naib Juara’ and want to protect Putrajaya (as though it is owned by him) at all costs.

Operasi Lalang 2011 in the making?

wandererAUS
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wandererAUS

The “Aroma of foul … air” … is slowly contaminating the Malaysia political arena. Have these … pretenders … no sense of shame?…