A Pas markas in northern Seberang Perai is providing shelter for some 35 family members and friends of the PSM activists detained in Kepala Batas.
The relatives and friends had earlier been waiting at a bus stop near the police station. Police ordered them to disperse.
A group of about 100-200 youths, some of them on motor-bikes, soon materialised. A tense stand-off ensued between the youths and the relatives/friends of the PSM detainees.
A Pas member at the scene then took the detainees’ relatives and friends to a Pas markas to provide a safe place for them to spend the night.
About half a dozen of the detainees are being held on the island, the remainder in Kepala Batas.