Anwar questioned upon arrival and Opposition leaders arrested, in front of Parliament

Former Deputy Prime Minister and PKR “Adviser” Anwar Ibrahim was questioned by senior immigration officials for 30 minutes upon returning to Malaysia from abroad. He was said to be on the ‘blacklisted’ list. This came after he made a call for HINDRAF’s right whilst in India and recorded on a media from India, which invited so many strong criticism.

On another note, 29 Oppositions leaders and supporters defiant of law were arrested this morning at the gates of the Parliament for participating in an illegal assembly in support for the recent Opposition’s marionette-staged November 10 and malicious intent HINDRAF illegal assembly and street demonstrations. Amongst arrested were PKR Information Chief Tien Chua, PKR strongman Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, former PAS Women Wing Head Dr. Lo’Lo Ghazali and PAS Supreme Council member Dr. Hatta Ramli.

Bernama.com has the story:

December 11, 2007 14:13 PM

 

Police Break Up Unlawful Assembly, Arrest Opposition Leaders

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) — Police today dispersed a crowd of supporters of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih), masterminded by opposition parties, who defied a restraining order against them from gathering at the Parliament House.

In the move, police arrested 12 people at several locations near the area including Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) information chief Tian Chua who managed to sneak passed a police roadblock at the main access to the Parliament House.

A man, who was with Tian Chua in a car, was also arrested.

Police said they also arrested PKR secretary-general Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and Pas central committee member Dr Lo’Lo’ Mohd Ghazali.

Police personnel, including from the Federal Reserve Unit, were stationed at several locations near the Parliament House this morning and they inspected vehicles heading towards the Parliament House’s main entrance.

Dang Wangi OCPD ACP Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman told reporters that the police had to arrest several people who took part in the illegal assembly from 9am after they showed stubbornness to enter the Parliament House compound.

Yesterday, the Kuala Lumpur police obtained a court order to stop Bersih supporters from gathering at the Parliament House supposedly to deliver a memorandum against a constitutional amendment today.

— BERNAMA

 

 

Reuters also has the story. Also read Yahoo.com.my .

The trend and practice on Malaysians defiance of law has also caught the attention of HRHs Rulers. So many Malaysians from all walks of life expressed their dissatisfaction on these people who understand and even pratice but vehemently refused to respect the law.

 *An update as at Tuesday, 12 December 1.00am

This was Bernama.com’s report on the story, released at 1.00am, 12 December:

 

December 12, 2007 01:07 AM

 

Senior Opposition Leaders Among 29 Arrested For Illegal Assembly

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) — The police have arrested 29 people, including Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) secretary-general Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and PKR information chief Tian Chua, for gathering illegally in front of the Parliament building here today.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Ismail Omar, when contacted by Bernama, confirmed the arrests.

He said those arrested were from opposition parties and non-governmental organisations and that they had defied a court order prohibiting the illegal assembly.

Among the others arrested were PAS treasurer Mohd Hatta Ramli and PAS central committee member Dr Lo’Lo Ghazali.

Meanwhile, five more representatives of opposition leaders and NGOs headed by PAS elections director Datuk Mustafa Ali were also arrested after they entered Parliament House without permission to hand over a memorandum to members of parliament calling for the rejection of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2007 which extends by one year to 66 years the retirement age of members of the Election Commission (EC).

Others were Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) executive director Yap Swee Seng, a member of the Writers Alliance of Media Independence Wong Chin Huat, founder of Community Communication Centre Mein Lor, and Centre for Independent Journalism executive director V. Gayathry.

They were also among those who participated in an illegal gathering organised by the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) in the federal capital on Nov 10.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz, when asked about the matter, said the police had the right to arrest anyone within the compound of Parliament if they were found to be a threat to security.

He said that the group which entered the Parliament building had been given entry passes and were the guests of Salahuddin Ayub (PAS-Kubang Kerian) but they were found to have intruded into Parliament’s security zone and insisted on handing over the memorandum.

Nazri said the group had also failed to inform him, as minister in charge of Parliament, about their real intention in going into the august house.

The four of them, who were arrested at 1pm in front of the main entrance to Parliament House, did not put up a struggle when they were placed under arrest by policemen in mufti.

However, Mustafa, a former member of parliament, who was arrested 45 minutes later while he was exiting the Parliament building, was seen struggling with and shoving the policemen before he was arrested and taken away in a van.

Among the opposition members of parliament who were with Mustafa and who were seen objecting to the police action were Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang, M.Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Timur), Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh) and Chong Eng (DAP-Bukit Mertajam).

The memorandum was in relation to the Dewan Rakyat sitting today to approve the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2007.

The bill was passed by a majority of 189 votes.

Those arrested were taken to the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters to have their statements recorded.

They were released in stages from noon to night.

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department Deputy Director I Datuk Acryl Sani, when contacted, said they were released unconditionally with police bail for a week.

“They will be charged in court next Tuesday,” he said.

Last night, the police obtained a court order to stop Bersih supporters from gathering at the Parliament building to hand over the memorandum.

Following the gathering, several roads around the federal capital experienced massive traffic jams this morning, including the road from Selayang heading here as well as Jalan Kuching, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Dato Onn, Jalan Maharajalela, Jalan Pudu and Jalan Sungai Besi.

— BERNAMA

 

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IGP: Police is going by the book and recommend defiant lawyers be disbarred

The Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the Police will be doing it by the book, in handling the most recent cases involving illegal assemblies, street demonstrations and disturbance of public order. He was specifically referring to the Hindu Rights Action Force case.

Although the Police is provided by law with more decisive tools to sternly act handle issues pertaining to ‘national security’ such as the Internal Security Act, however at this point of time, he said that the more conventional methods of dealing with people who are defiant of law with be employed.

He said this when asked by reporters in response by so many calls by different quarters urging the authorities to make decisive decisions and act sternly, including HRH Sultan of Selangor, against people who are defiant of laws. HRH Raja Muda of Perak, who recently had been the iconic symbol of Ruler by the people who propagate civil society and affluent Malaysians, urged the Malaysian public to respect the law and the Police.

The Star has the report:

IGP: Hindraf probe completed and enough evidence to proceed

JOHOR BARU: More Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders are expected to be arrested and charged in court soon.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said police had wrapped up their investigations that would be sufficient for court action against the leaders.

“We will not go soft on parties who want to threaten the nation’s peace and stability,” he said, adding that police would take more drastic measures should the security situation worsen.

Commenting on recent illegal rallies, Musa told newsmen there were signs that the situation could worsen but police would only use the Internal Security Act as a last resort.

“We expect to make more arrests,” he said, adding that only two rally leaders had been detained so far.

Musa, who was in the city to get vew the flood situation, said the recent illegal rallies could be due to the upcoming general elections.

“These people have proper channels to convey their intentions.

“For example, Bersih met the Election Commission which agreed to their demands. So I don’t understand why they should conduct illegal rallies,” he said.

Musa said the situation could be the worst in history if precautionary measures were not taken.

“We don’t want another black mark in our country’s history. Certain precautionary measures should be taken before the worst happens,” he said.

He said he would recommend to the Bar Council that certain lawyers who were charged and found guilty of participating in illegal rallies be barred from practising law.

Tan Sri Musa will be recommending to the Bar Council for lawyers who are defiant of law, such as participating in illegal assemblies and street demonstrations be barred from practising law. This is most appropriate considering that lawyers under the process of enaction, implemention/enforcement and legal proceedings in the courts but still make the choice to be defiant against any law.

On the same note, blogger and DAP member Jeff Ooi was called by the Police for his statements to be recorded, after three Indian Muslim organizations made Police report against what Ooi said at the interview on international cable news channel Al Jazeera on the 10 November 2007 illegal assembly and march, which was planned and staged for the Oppositions.

The Star has this story:

Cops question blogger Jeff Ooi

KUALA LUMPUR: Blogger Jeff Ooi was questioned by the police for about two hours over his remarks in an interview on Al-Jazeera news channel last month.

He was questioned at the Federal Commercial Crimes Department at Bukit Perdana following a police report lodged by an unidentified person against him on Nov 19.

The report alleged that Ooi tarnished the country’s image and caused racial tension with his statements in the Nov 10 interview pertaining to a protest organised by Bersih, a coalition of opposition parties and non-governmental organisations.

The interview was subsequently broadcast on YouTube since Nov 10.

Ooi was accompanied by three lawyers and arrived at the police headquarters at 1.30pm to record his statement and left at 3.15pm.

Three other police reports were lodged against Ooi on Nov 17.

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*Photo is taken from AlliedMarsters’s

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