The Police under new leadership really mean business. Last evening, they re-arrested the ‘Sedition Trio’ which was released after failing to obtain a remand order from the Magistrate Court, to facilitate the investigations on them for their 13 May forum at the Chinese Assembly Hall.
Tian Chua, Tamrin, Haris rearrested in renewed crackdown
KUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — Politicians Tamrin Ghafar, Chua Tian Chang and political activist Haris Ibrahim were re-arrested today, four days after a magistrate rejected a police application for their remand under the Sedition Act 1948 and the Penal Code.
At least one other student activist was also detained as police widened their crackdown against anti-Barisan Nasional (BN) and opposition activists which started last week.
Haris’s lawyer Gobind Singh Deo said tonight that the “suspects” were being questioned at the Dang Wangi police station.
According to other reports on Twitter, student activist Muhammad Safwan Anang has also been detained by police.
“We don’t really know much about the situation and we are going there now,” Gobind told The Star Online after Haris and Tamrin had been detained. Speaking to The Malaysian Insider later Gobind said: “The police have obtained a warrant of arrest so now they are arrested. We are still short of details at the moment but we believe they are arrested for sedition. Pursuant to the warrant they should be brought to court as soon as possible which is tomorrow morning.
“We are still trying to get details as to where and what time will they be charged. I don’t understand why they need to be detained overnight if they are to be charged. They can just be brought to court tomorrow but a warrant has been issued and we have to respect that”.
On May 24, Tamrin, Haris and Tian Chua were freed after their initial detention by police.
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) had earlier described the arrests as part of a national crackdown on the federal opposition.
All three were believed to have been originally detained over their involvement in a forum on May 13 over the results of the just-concluded general election.
Last week, student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim was charged with sedition for his involvement in the same forum where he was accused of rallying Malaysians to take to the streets to topple the BN government.
The 24-year-old pleaded not guilty and was released on RM5,000 bail with his trial set for a mention on July 2.
Apart from his stern warning to the lawless Opposition organisers and speakers at series of demonstrations and rallies since failure to wrest power in the 13GE, new Home Minister Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi guaranteed that the Police would be professional in their work.
IGP: Police action based on law to preserve stability
Bernama • Mei 28, 13 6:56PTG
Inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar today defended the action of the police in detaining several opposition activists as a law enforcement measure aimed at preserving peace and public security.
He refuted the allegation by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy president Mohd Azmin Ali that the police purportedly tried to create a ‘Mahathirism’ era by detaining several opposition activists, and instead pointed out that it was carried out based on the existing law provision.
“But whatever action that we (police) take is appropriate, that is, to enforce the law. That’s why we are called (law) enforcers.
“The police do not discriminate against anyone in enforcing the law, so when there is a violation of the law, we will take action,” he said at a media conference after receiving a courtesy call from the vice-president of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF), Lee Lam Thye and several of his exco members at Bukit Aman in Kuala Lumpur.
Meanwhile, Khalid welcomed the move by MCPF especially in contributing constructive ideas and suggestions to the police through the collaboration with the Crime Prevention Department.
The Opposition are simply lawless criminals. They respect no agreement, nor any laws. Even the ones they are a party to or requested.
All these drama, lawlessness and selective refusal to accept the result the outcome of the 13GE or the proper process to challenge any of the results through the means provided under the law simply would affect majority of Malaysians. They are tired of these extra lengthy politicking and want to move on.
The ordinary business of running the nation and moving it forward in the dynamism of more activities, growth, progress and trade should take prominence after five years of intensive and over extensive politicking in Malaysian history.
Hence, it is pointless to engage them in the consultative fashion. The Police is doing the right thing. When they break any law, arrest them and throw the book at them in accordance what is allowable under the Federal Constitution.
This is a sovereign nation of and by the Rule of Law. Lawless persons shouldn’t be part of society. It is good the Police are steadfast, efficient and right in their work.