Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers Chua Tian Chang and Tamrin Ghafar, and political activist Haris Ibrahim, have been arrested for sedition and will be held overnight at the police lockup in Jinjang today.
According to Haris’s lawyer Gobind Singh Deo, the trio, who were picked up separately for questioning this afternoon, are expected to be presented to a magistrate at 11am tomorrow morning for a remand application.
“They have been detained and will be brought to the lockup for the remand application... we just received word that all three will be detained for investigation under section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act and section 124 of the Penal Code,” the Puchong MP told reporters this afternoon.
But the DAP leader said he was not yet informed of which “seditious statement” his client or the two others were being detained over.
“The police will bring them at 11am for the remand application... then it is up to the magistrate whether to extend the remand or release them,” he said.
Chua, who is the MP for Batu, Tamrin who was formerly Batu Berendam MP and Anything But Umno (ABU) chief Haris, were arrested separately this afternoon for sedition in an apparent national crackdown on opposition supporters.
“I was arrested, now in the police car, at Jalan Kuching, heading towards the Jinjang police station,” Tamrin, the son of former deputy prime minister Tun Ghafar Baba, told
The Umno-turned-PAS member had earlier sent a text message saying, “Just 2 inform u I m being arrested by d police Bukit Aman. D police r waiting 4 me 2 finish my lunch at Chawan Bangsar. Pl inform others.”
Chua was picked up by authorities shortly after.
“I’ve been arrested at LCCT about 5min ago, just b4 the security check. Now in police vehicle being transported to Balai Polis Jinjang,” Chua posted on his Twitter account, @tianchua at about 12.24pm today.
“According to ASP Buba, I’m detained under Section 4(1) Sedition Act,” he added.
Haris was detained while lunching with friends in Segambut here after he had gone to the Duta Court Complex nearby earlier this morning to show support for student activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim.
“Haris was arrested about 12.30pm while still eating in Segambut after returning from court in Jalan Duta. He was taken to the Jinjang police station,” his friend and fellow lunch mate Bernard Khoo told
“Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, his lawyer, is on the way to the police station,” he added.
All three are believed to be detained over their involvement in a May 13 forum on the results of the just-concluded general election.
The first to be detained from the forum was student activist Adam Adli, who was charged with sedition in the Jalan Duta court complex this morning.
The 24-year-old pleaded not guilty and was released on a RM5,000 court bail with his trial set for a mention on July 2.
Adam Adli had been arrested by the police at his home in Bangsar last Saturday before being taken to the same Jinjang police station where he had been held in remand until he was charged with attempting to topple the elected government through street protests.
He was accused of uttering a seditious statement at the May 13 forum where he allegedly questioned the results of Election 2013 and called on Malaysians to take to the streets to boot Barisan Nasional (BN) from Putrajaya.
According to the charges read out this morning, his words had a seditious tendency and were aimed at rallying Malaysians to change the current government through undemocratic means.
His statement, in Malay: “Take my details, lodge a police report, because today, I would like to invite all those here today to gather and take to the streets to seize back our power! Can we do that? Can we do that? Can we do that? We do not have much time left, get ready, buy shoes, buy tracksuits, buy jeans, get ready to take to the streets because in a third world country like Malaysia, elections cannot topple a government.
“Only the people’s power can topple a government. Remember, ladies and gentlemen, this is the only opportunity we have.”
Charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948, the Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris undergraduate faces a jail term of not less three years, or a fine of up to RM5,000 or both, if convicted.
Adam Adli, who came to court in a black T-shirt, was represented by lawyers Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, N. Surendran, Afiq M. Noor and Shamsul Iskandar Mat Akin.
Surendran told the court that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had already announced the abolition of the pre-independence Sedition Act, a preventive law often used to crack down on dissent against the government.
Sessions Court judge Norsharidah Awang, who presided over the matter this morning, said, however, that the law was still in force as the plan to repeal it was still in the early stages.
Yesterday, the police arrested 18, including four women, at a candlelight vigil held for Adam Adli outside the the Jinjang police station here. They have since been released.
Media reports say some 1,000 had gathered outside the police station, which was under tight security in anticipation of a continued night vigil since Adam Adli’s detention on Saturday.
Why is there a need to detained the suspects overnight in lockup? What is so urgent and where is the risk of suspect absconding? To me this is just to show power and to purposely torture the suspects.
This will only strengthen the resolve of the rakyat to vote UMNO out come GE14. Criminals are running wild in the country but UMNO focuses the police force's attention on harassing members of the opposition and peaceful rakyat.
My relative's house was broken into in the middle of the night just a week ago. The family was assaulted, cut and robbed. Thankfully, the burglars didn't do worse. The incident was reported and the police went over only to tell them that it is "biasa". Later, the family was shown some mugshots and they identified two of the burglars only to be told by the police that there wasn't much point in arresting them because these burglars are well connected and the magistrate will let them off within days of their arrests.
Ahmad Zahid, criminals are running wild in our streets and the police won't even attempt arresting them because they are well connected!!! Stop focusing the attention of the police force on the opposition and peaceful rakyat and start focusing the attention of the police on these criminals and getting off our streets!!!
The job of the Home Minister is to safeguard the interests of the rakyat, not to harass them while letting criminals run wild in the country. Do your job - go after the criminals and stop harassing the opposition and peaceful citizens!!!