Two Suaram activists still held, five others released

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9.00pm – Five of the activists are released. But Suaram’s Teh Chun Hong and Lau Shu Shi, who is also Penang coordinator of the Abolish ISA Movement (GMI), are still being held. Shu Shi in particular has been actively involved in organising a number of well-attended forums after the 8 March general election. Both are expected to be produced in court in Penang tomorrow morning for possible extension of remand. This reflects badly on the BN federal government’s stance on basic rights and is not likely to win it new friends. Malaysians are not going to be impressed.

7.00pm – Blog reader Kah Seng reports:

MP Liew Chin Tong (Tg Bungah, Bukit Bendera, DAP) was reported there in the afternoon. You reported PKR DUN Ravi was also there.

I was a busy body there from 5pm to 7pm. The police handling was very slow. Went in afternoon, and still taking statements around 7pm. Efficiency? Cepat, cekap, whatever that motto that keeps changing?

Police seemed to be consciously aiming at photo and video takers. Ong was reported to be taking photo when arrested. Satish also said to be following the police with a camera around Gurney Plaza when arrested. Others taking phone video at the police HQ were hassled.

Is the police afraid of multi-racial sympathy toward the ISA detainees?

5.30pm – Three more Hindraf activists or supporters are also said to be held by police: Vimal, Hindraf activist Selvam and press freedom activist Stanley, who had earlier campaigned for a boycott of The Star. This brings the total to seven detained.

3.15pm – About 10-15 people are at the police station. B K Ong, Satish, Suaram Penang coordinator Lau Shu Shi and Suaram secretariat member Teh Chun Ong are being detained. Lawyer Darshan Singh is said to be around.

Teh was taken away in handcuffs after he had used his camera at the station while Shu Shi is now being held in the hall of the police station, guarded by policewomen. When Shu Shi tried to resist upon seeing the police handcuffing her colleague Teh, the policewoman told her not to struggle as she (the policewoman) was pregnant. Shu Shi is not sure if she is under arrest but her IC has been taken away and she is being confined to the hall. B K Ong is believed to be somewhere upstairs in the station.

2.00pm – Penang-based Ong Boon Keong, better known as B K Ong, and blogger Satish were detained around noon today after participating in an hour-long demonstration said to be organised by Hindraf to raise awareness of ISA detainee Uthayakumar’s medical condition. They were rallying in support of his attempts to seek further medical attention at the National Heart Institute (IJN) in KL.

The two were among 30-50 demonstrators who gathered along Gurney Drive outside Gurney Plaza for about an hour, while some of them were said to have attempted to enter the mall.

Police and FRU personnel were at the scene. It is not immediately known what circumstances led to the two being held.

A similar demonstration was held at the Prai Megamall on the mainland.

Ong, who runs the Penang Watch website, and Satish are now being held at the Patani Road police station. Supporters are waiting in the hall downstairs while Penang State Assembly member Ravi from PKR is now at the scene. I had only met B K Ong at a forum in Penang last night when we were both on the same panel at a Suaram forum discussing the role of Public Service Media and how it can be strengthened.

We also critiqued the Pakatan Rakyat’s plans to set up its own newspaper for five states and discussed whether this was a good move.

Ong felt that steps should be taken to make it more independent than what was being planned.

For my part, I felt that any attempt to set up a state government-backed newspaper would run into problems as it would suffer from credibility issues as a result of public perception of it being backed by the state – especially if editors and key staff are appointed by the party. Such journalism would serve the interests of political masters rather than the public.

Good journalism should challenge and critique oppressive power structures. And it would be difficult to do that if a newspaper is funded or owned by the state or if its editors and key staff were appointed by political parties. Surely, that would compromise its editorial independence and journalistic integrity.

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raj raman666

still waiting for Penang reply.
Hope i not offended you,we are in the same boat but sometimes we do cross border without realising.

Thank mr.anil for allowing me to explain.I still will follow up in this page.

Raj raman666.

baba insafi

Every individual in discriminatory regime who is for equality must become a Human right activist . The Human right commission office and international community must be flooded by data of violations, the United Nations and International community must impose sanctions on countries that violate Human rights and opress religious minorities with state and police power and discriminatory policies .

Johan Abdullah

Who is that racist so-called ‘pro-Malaysian” (comment 5)? Like the Altantuya murderers, let us all send him/her to hell!

The draconian state rears its ugly head again; be prepared for more crackdowns but if more and more ordinary people show the govt that they won’t stand for this nonsense its tactics will fall flat. One other approach beyond demos is civil disobedience; we may to go that route soon.

Kah Seng

You are right, Liew Chin Tong is MP of Bukit Bendera, which includes the DUN area of Tanjong Bungah.

Med

Liew Chin Tong is Bukit Bendera MP. 🙂

NAVIN

What a waste of our Super Efficient police force who have nothing to do but to harass innocent and peaceful demonstrators.. I read the the burmese expats demonstrated outside the embassy – numbering 200-300 people. Was there a permit issued? If not is it not an illegal assembley? Has anyone being arrested yet? If not why not ? The PDRM (appear to be) the slaves of the BN. Why is not the people who have been implicated in the alatunya arrested? Why why? Only Allah can help the people who are supoose to mantain law and order in Malaysia.Instead of… Read more »

raj raman666

To, Penang, If you do follows up my comments in others blogs i stick to one issue like a leech,however other than mr.anil which very focus on his subject as far i knows,the others keep on jumping from one topic to another topic/issue. there will be no solution if bloggers not united.Actually i blogs under raj raman but started to get fed up with no issue is really pursue by the writer other than anill who are very persistant. So,from raj raman,i ad the 666 and you turn the number become the devil 999.Its some kind of message for me… Read more »

Samuel Goh Kim Eng

When one is prepared to stand for what is right
There’ll be support of those with the same sight
Stand up and walk tall without any known fright
Since right will remain while wrong takes flight

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 110508
http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
Sun. 11th May 2008.

caravanserai

Liberty on the cross-road BN says one thing doing the other The people should take cognizant of it In negotiations it gives a little take back a lot You think the government staying quiet Dishing out with air time for bloggers Then the BN leaders will take action Quietly as one by one is identified First RPK Who will be next on the line? Intimidation is subtlety used The government wants to break it down Sending signals people think it is true Playing mind games behind the facades Karpal Singh under police probe All because he said about legality On… Read more »

paklim2005

police should focus fighting big drugs mastermind and arrest and charge them in court and make Penang and Malaysia a safter place……instead of arresting these Hindraf demostrators

Penang

What is that Raj trying to say ??????

Why all the “666” or “999” ???

Do we really need this at this point ????????

Kah Seng

MP Liew Chin Tong (Tg Bungah, DAP) was reported there in the afternoon. You reported PKR DUN Ravi was also there. I was a busy body there from 5pm to 7pm. The police handling was very slow. Went in afternoon, and still taking statements around 7pm. Efficiency? Cepat, cekap, whatever that motto that keeps changing? Police seemed to be consciously aiming at photo and video takers. Ong was reported to be taking photo when arrested. Satish also said to be following the police with a camera around Gurney Plaza when arrested. Others taking phone video at the police HQ were… Read more »

pro-malaysian

go back ti india … n see how u all will be treated… u guys wont have clothes n alchohol there…

VC

Oh my…my…., wats happening, arrest….arrest again….wat the police and the BN got no other job……wats the crime …..to demonstrate peacefully?…..Oh my….

raj raman666

mY BIGGEST MISTAKE AND REGRETS IS I CANT PUT MY THOUGHT IN WRITING.

IF I CAN DO THAT,I AM WILL BE THE DAMIEN 999 FOR GOOD CAUSE BUT NOW DUE TO MY WRITING SKILL HOPELESS I AM DEPENDENT ON SOME HIPOCRITE BLOOGERS.

RAJ RAMAN666.I DO RESPECT U MR.ANIL.THIS MESSAGE ACTUALLY FOR THE REAL 999

raj raman666

its still me mr.anil just add a bit the devil sign when you turn the numbers. the devils in me coming out with non stop nonsense and harrasment the gomen abuse the power who support the rights and champion of others. Thats the reason we need one powerful voice and $ and i shouting like mad wolf NO ONE BOTHERS TO HEAR. $ althou corrupt but u utilised well can do wonders to influence people for good cause. At least i repect u,u did reply but others later parts they champion the defence fund.not even one person of some blogs… Read more »

lucia

oh dear me. i too was at the forum last night and met him.

i hope he has been released by now. what is it with the police nowadays? can’t we have a peaceful demonstration. i would have gone for the demo if not for going to the cathedral’s feast day celebration.

as for the forum yesterday though the turnout was small but it was a good forum as all of you 3 speakers had good points. i will blog about the forum later this evening.