Update (3.30pm, 11 July): The detainees will be released on police bail. Little Edwina is delighted to be going home today, says Jehan. She is pictured here with Zela, a volunteer in the defence team.
Credit to the multi-ethnic legal defence team led by Pahang Bar Chairman Hon Kai Peng for a job well done.
Update (3.00pm, 11 July): A defence lawyer Jehan Bakar tweets to say the atmosphere in the courtroom is very casual now as the accused continue to wait. The detainees will finally be released on police bail.
Update (1.35pm, 11 July): Three more detainees – Muniamah, Revathy and Lattha – are taken to hospital. This is not looking good.
Update (1.15pm, 11 July): The detainees have now been brought into the court room. A group of people are protesting outside court, according to a tweet from Suaram.
Update (1.00pm, 11 July): Three detainees carry another detainee out of the lock-up area after she fainted. She has been sent to hospital.
The rest are being moved to Magistrates Court 1. One more detainee suffering from diabetes needs dressing for his wound. Medical personnel tend to him.
Two more detainees are feeling unwell and Dr Jeyakumar examines them. After much protest, the women detainees are taken to a more comfortable place.
Update (noon, 11 July): Suaram reports that lawers were told that police are waiting for a decision from the AG as the Kuantan DPP cannot decide. Meanwhile, Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj and a colleague are heading to meet the Pahang CPO to demand the release of the residents.
Update (11.30am, 11 July): 12 lawyers, four chambering lawyers and four attachment students are now on hand to assist the residents in court.
Update (10.30am, 11 July): The group could be charged under sec 90 of the Police Act for shouting indecencies. But the group maintains they only shouted “Hidup Rakyat!” A team of eight lawyers from the Kuantan Legal Aid Centre and other volunteers lawyers have come out to assist the residents’ defence.
Update (midnight, 10 July): The group is being remanded overnight and expected to be produced in the Kuantan Court tomorrow. (So much for transformasi!) About half a dozen lawyers are expected to be on the defence team.
Thirty one people from Cameron Highlands were detained outside the Pahang Mentri Besar’s office, where they had turned up to insist on an appointment.
They refused to leave when asked to disperse.
The group is now being held at the Kuantan District Police Headquarters. The 31 comprises 13 men, 12 women and six children.
Their problems range from lack of even temporary titles to the land they have been toiling on, to worries over landslides to issues related to applications for stalls.
PSM sources claimed the Pahang MB had said he would visit the villagers in Cameron Highlands to try and resolve their problem. But after two months, the residents had not succeeded in getting an appointment with him.
So they decided to go to the MB and insist on an appointment.
Meanwhile Bukit Jalil estate workers are asking for four acres for 41 families after staying at the estate for four generation. Prime Minister Najib agreed to meet three of their representatives today.
At the meeting, the PM said he needed more time to study the issue. The workers said they hope he had the political will to resolve the issue.