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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  1. Tangkap saja Anwar PENGKHIANAT tu!!!! Agen Yahudi!!!!

    Setuju. Masalahnya Kepimpinan sekarang lembik dan indecisive! Lebih berminat menjadi pemimpin yang popular berbanding pemimpin yang melakukan apa yang wajar.

  2. As per usual Big Dog you don’t even bother to understand why we are saying what we are saying and why we are upset, and you’re quoting my blog? Why exactly? “So many Malaysians from all walks of life expressed their dissatisfaction,” and directly on it, you link yourself on two accounts. I’m sorry, but common sense tells me you are not the “so many” Malaysians. So all these other people on the blogosphere who see this as a systematic control over our Constitutional rights are what? Deluded?

    Where are the opinions of these numerous Malaysians? Btw, 10-11 was marionette staged? Were you there? Were you there at any of the walks? How dare you sit there on your moral high horse and accuse these people of being defiant of law, when you are not there and have never seen anything beyond your carefully selected Bernama news reports?

    It is so unfair. You engage me in conversation, but you have never ever sat down and even tried to listen to my side of the story, or to find out why and how I have come to feel this way. I’m 24 years old big dog, I don’t willingly feel this way because I want to.

    I stay here and am a Malaysian by choice, but that doesn’t mean I have to sit and watch my people and YOUR people too, if you even think of it that way, be abused by this system. For all your talk, you are still blind to the injustices in this country, and you do not care about what happens so long as you continue to benefit from this.

    You disappoint me with your bigotry and ignorance, but worse still your indifference.

    The other people who were not there have rights too. BERSIH claimed that they have sixty over NGOs behind them where else Damai Malaysia accounted for four hundred NGOs which vehemently rejected illegal assembly and street demonstrations and ask stern actions to be enforced against persons who violate the law.

    UPHOLDING THE LAW is VERY MUCH CONSTITUTIONAL! The Constitution of Federation of Malaysia stated clearly against unlawful assemblies, under the Police Act. This law was passed by a democratically elected representative of the rakyat, which is the practice of Constitutional Monarchy we adopted. Unless the Parliament change, amend, modify, add and/or repeal this law, then it should be enforced.

    To uphold and abide the law is and should the basic fundamental of a civil society.

    How about people like you understanding this bit, for a change? You failed to understand upholding the law is constitutional or refuse?

    I don’t think bringing up what we say in private here for public consumption is the right thing to do. However, I shall ignore that comment you made about our private conversation. I am sorry, but this blog is not to please people like you; the whole 24 years old of you! 🙂

  3. the demonstrators actually got what they want even without going to parliament. Because of the FEAR of our government, the news of the BRAVE demonstrators, manage to NOT ONLY create masssive JAM in KL and of course showed to public they are POWERFUL, BUT ALSO creates HATES to the government by showing how WEAK and CLUELESS of government handling the situation!!
    BRAVO PAK LAH. You will be remembered by malaysian in years to come.

    btw

    Freedom of Speech or whatever people called it has now become freedom of loud mouth.

  4. Which comment did I make about our private conversation? I didn’t mention in my comment anything that you said to me in private. Don’t accuse me of such things.

    And please, you don’t have to mention that this blog was not catered to pleasing all my 24 years of age. I know it isn’t, and thank God for that.

    As for upholding the Constitution, it is also stated in our laws that we are granted freedom of assembly, it was only made unlawful and “illegal” because the permits were never granted to us. The fact that we even need a permit for peaceful assembly is ludicrous!

    Why? Because the government has the Police, the Judiciary, the EC, the AG, everything and every body in their hands. Even the MEDIA. You don’t think that’s a bit strange for a democracy?

    Anyways, it’s quite pointless I believe to continue this debate with you. I would love to engage you, and continue a pleasant discussion. But you have your own set of ideals and so do I, and you’re never going to agree with me. If you so much as have an inkling that Hey, something might be slightly wrong here, I would be happy to indulge you in conversation.

    However, you’re nowhere near thinking anything is wrong with the country, and that these people are all defiant law breakers, then so be it. We are all entitled to opposing views and even if I don’t agree with you, I will defend your right to say your peace, and accept that.

    Good Day!

    🙂

    Good day to you too 🙂

  5. bigdog. bigdog, bigdog..

    Woof, woof, woof 😛

  6. lapdog,lapdog,lapdog…sometimes you gotta get off your fat arse and go down to ground zero boy !…or is too difficult other then sit,stay, bark or roll-over ?
    Get a life, at least a dog’s life !….sheesh !And I’m not here to please running dogs like you ! Kapish ?

    And yet, you are here! 🙂 Thanks for coming


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