Just received word that one of the 45 Jerit cyclists on the way from Alor Star to KL via Penang has been arrested in the small village of Merbau Pulas near Kulim this evening.
According to Sungai Siput MP Jeyakumar Devaraj, Ruben was detained for distributing leaflets which did not indicate the Jerit office address. Leaflets are supposed to bear the publisher’s name and address. The Jerit leaflets only displayed the Jerit website address, the Jerit email, and the Jerit office phone number.
But the Jerit website shows the Jerit office address.
Jeyakumar is now at the Sungai Karangan police station near Kulim, where he is negotiating with the officers.
The cyclists are due to submit a memorandum to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng on 6 December.
Another team of cyclists is making its way up from the south. They are due to converge on Parliament on 18 December to hand in a memorandum with six demands to Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi and Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.
The six demands are:
- A minimum wage
- The repeal of oppressive laws such as the ISA
- An end to the privatisation of public utilities.
- Price controls for essential items
- The return of local council elections
- Decent, affordable homes for the people