7 September 2015
MP vows to put up legal battle if charged over Bersih T-shirt
PKR vice president Tian Chua questioned why he was investigated for wearing Bersih T-Shirt and vowed to challenge the validity if charged.
He told Malaysiakini he believes police are pressured politically to conduct selective persecution on Opposition leaders in the aftermath of last weekend’s mammoth peaceful rally.
“There were hundreds of thousands of people wearing the shirt. I don’t know who else is called.
“I think we would challenge the constitutionality of the ban. How can you ban the Bersih logo without justifying whether it is subversive, seditious or whatever?
“If they were to charge us, it is really a waste of money or resources,” he said when met after questioned at Dang Wangi police district headquarters.
Chua was questioned for 15 minutes under Section 8 (1) of the Publication and Printing Presses Act (PPPA) for wearing a T-Shirt bearing a Bersih logo during the rally.
He was accompanied by lawyer Sivamalar Genapathy.
Ambiga_S: RT tianchua: Arrived at IPD Dang Wangi.
Cops summon Tian Chua over Bersih 4
Malay Mail Online
Tian Chua summoned to Dang Wangi over Bersih 4
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 — PKR’s Batu MP Chua Tian Chang was today summoned to the Dang Wangi district police headquarters to aid investigations into last month’s Bersih 4 rally.
The opposition leader confirmed that he was called by one Sergeant Dennis from Dang Wangi earlier today requesting that he come in to give his statement at 3pm.
“I haven’t confirmed if I’m going to bring along a lawyer… if it’s nothing I’ll just go in and give my statement,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted.
“But if they want to do more than that or arrest me, than what to do lah,” he added.
2 September 2015
Representing a few of the Bersih 7 who were hauled up for questioning by the police at Bkt Aman this morning. We are behind you and will support you all the way!
We refuse to answer questions on rally, donation, say Bersih after meeting cops
Police today questioned seven organisers of the Bersih 4 rally over the two-day demonstration last weekend, asking them about planning and execution details, as well as the RM2.4 million in public donations they had received.
Chairman of electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 Maria Chin Abdullah, said police had also asked them about the contents of their media statement issued on July 29, about the launch of the rally on August 14 and details of each committee member.
“They asked us about the rally itself, how we managed it, how we dispersed the people at the end of the rally and how we organised our volunteers,” she told reporters after meeting with the police at the Bukit Aman police headquarters today.
“We, however, exercised our rights not to answer many of the questions, including about the donation. We will answer them in court if we are charged.”
Maria was questioned along with Bersih 2.0 secretariat member Sarajun Hoda Abdul Hassan, as well as Masjaliza Hamzah, Farhana Abdul Halim, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri and Adam Adli Abdul Halim, for two and a half hours today.
They were accompanied by 10 lawyers including Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Ramkarpal Singh, Eric Paulsen and Latheefa Koya.
The seven were summoned today following several police reports lodged against the organisers of the 34-hour rally on August 29 to 30 in Kuala Lumpur.
They are being investigated for concealing design to commit offence, attempt to commit activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy and unlawful assembly, which are charges under Sections 120, 124C and 141 of the Penal Code.
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Pengerusi Bersih Maria Chin Abdullah bercakap kpd media selepas soalsiasat di Bukit Aman.
Net Maria Chin Abdullah Chairman speaks to the media after the soalsiasat in Bukit Aman.
2 hours later, 7
#Bersih4 organisers still haven’t come out of police headquarters.supporters wait outside for news
#Bersih4 organisers have arrived at Bukit Aman police headquarters for questioning
To be investigated under Sect 124C & 141 / 120 under the Penal Code
1. Maria Chin
2. Sarajun Hoda
3. Masjaliza Hamzah
4. Farhana Halim
5. Fadiah Nadwa
6. Mandeep Singh
7. Adam Adli
Pihak media diminta berkumpul di pintu masuk Bukit Aman sebelah Lake Gardens. Sidang media pd jam 11.30am.
Tujuh dari kami bakal disiasat. Mohon doa rakyat Malaysia.
(2/2) 4) Farhana Halim 5) Fadiah Nadwa 6) Mandeep Singh 7) Adam Adli Will be investigated under Sect 124C & 141 / 120 under the Penal Code
1 September 2015
Cops summon Maria, six others over Bersih 4
The police have summoned seven members of the Bersih steering committee and secretariat in connection with the 34-hour rally over the weekend.
The seven will have their statements recorded at the Bukit Aman police headquarters tomorrow.
Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah said she and six others are being investigated under Sections 120, 124C and 141 of the Penal Code.
Apart from Maria, the others called for questioning are Sarajun Hoda Abdul Hassan, Masjaliza Hamzah, Farhana Abdul Halim, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, Mandeep Singh, and Adam Adli Abdul Halim.
Malay Mail Online
As police summon Bersih 4 organisers, one Umno minister sees action as unnecessary
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 2 ― Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz may be a lone voice in the Cabinet today.
While the police have summoned the organisers of last weekend’s massive Bersih 4 demonstration of civil disobedience to Bukit Aman for questioning, the tourism minister sees their actions as unnecessary.
The former de facto law minister also pointed out that the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 made it lawful for such assemblies to take provided it was done in a peaceful and nonviolent manner.
“It was seen to be peaceful, and now it has ended. We already have the law which governs peaceful demonstrations, and this was accepted and passed by Parliament,” he told Malay Mail Online in an interview yesterday evening.
“If they want to express their opinions in a peaceful manner, so be it. There are laws that deal with how to go about it.
“I am one of the proponents of free speech in this country, provided you keep to the right side of the law,” Nazri added.
The Umno lawmaker said that the peaceful Bersih rally showed that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government respected the concept of democracy and even allowed dissent.
Nazri also denied claims that the rally was attended by predominantly non-Malays, saying that he believes that race was not an issue in the weekend rally.
“There is nothing racial about the whole thing, it’s just issues, just issues that people have opinions about.
“In fact I think by wearing yellow it shows the 80,000 plus people who took part respect royalty as yellow is the symbol of royalty,” Nazri said with a smirk.
– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/as-police-summon-bersih-4-organisers-one-umno-minister-sees-action-as-unnec?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed#sthash.q6HQGV4h.dpuf
THE BERSIH 4 TEE SHIRT IS BANNED
And if Ahmad Zahid Hamidi thinks that he can arrest 200,000 activists for wearing Bersih 4 T-shirts, if we all decide to do a Bersih spring in every city, I think he will be Umno’s tipping point. This is not a revolution, but sense overtaking the nonsensical statements that our politicians continue to spew out by the day.
Drop police probe on ‘balloon girl’, Kit Siang urges PM
Drop police probe on ‘balloon girl’, Kit Siang urges PM http://bit.ly/1X8vy4h
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 1 — DAP’s Lim Kit Siang urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today to accept in good grace the intentions of a girl who dropped yellow balloons behind the latter at a mall, and have the police drop its investigation on her.
The Gelang Patah MP added that any harassment or persecution of Bilqis Hijjas, who was apprehended at the Pavillion shopping mall yesterday for releasing the balloons, would do neither Najib nor Malaysia any good.
“Najib should speak up, tell police to ‘hands-off’ Bilqis Hijjas and show Malaysia and the world that his government is not obsessed or afraid of yellow colour, T-shirts and balloons,” Lim said in a statement.
“More important[ly], Najib should let it be known that he would not have been ‘provoked’ to break the public peace or to commit any offence by Bilqis’s artistic licence,” the Gelang Patah MP added.
Bilqis, a dancer, is being probed under Section 504 of the penal code for “provoking a breach of peace” by distributing the balloons at the Pavilion shopping mall in Bukit Bintang during the DiverseCity International Art Festival which PM Najib had attended.
It is understood that Bilqis had dropped the balloons from the top floor of the mall which later fell behind the stage where Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah were seated.
The seven balloons were decorated with the words “Free media”, “Democracy” and “Justice”, among others.
Najib and Rosmah were said to have ignored the balloons.
Lawyer Michelle Yesudas who represented the 35 year old said the case was absurd.
“The case should speak for itself. After the exemplary behaviour of the police yesterday at Bersih, for Bilqis to be treated like a criminal is absurd,” she told Malaysiakini.
Cops question woman for insulting PM with balloons
A performance artist who released seven yellow balloons at an event attended by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak this afternoon has been questioned for insulting the premier.Bilqis Hijjas was detained and questioned by police at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters, under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace or another offence.Those found guilty can be jailed for up to two years or fined or both.Najib was on the ground floor at the centre court of Pavilion mall to officiate the Diversecity Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival when the balloons were dropped from a higher floor.The seven Bersih-yellow balloons were decorated with the words “Free media”, “Democracy” and “Justice”, among others.Najib, and his wife Rosmah Mansor did not react to the incident.Bilqis was subsequently detained, and handed over to the police.She was later released after being questioned and her fingerprints taken.
Malay Mail Online
Cops haul up three over Bersih 4 rally in Kuching
KUCHING, Aug 31 — Police today summoned three people to aid in their investigations on complaints lodged over the Sarawak edition of the Bersih 4 rally at the Song Kheng Hai rugby field here last Saturday.
The event’s main organiser Nicholas Mujah confirmed that he had spent five hours giving his statement to the police at the Kuching district police headquarters, and was only let off at 7pm.
Two others — Sarawak DAP Chairman Chong Chieng Jen and event co-organiser Peter John Jaban — were also summoned to give their statements earlier today.
Chong, who is Bandar Kuching MP, said he was informed that the investigation centred on allegedly provocative banners that were confiscated by the police at the rally.
“These so-called provocative banners carry the words like ‘Bersihkan Malaysia, Undurlah Najib’,” he said, adding that he told the police that it is not unlawful to demand for the prime minister’s resignation.
Monday August 31, 2015 MYT 8:15:02 PM
Cops: Policeman assisted in arrest of Bersih firecracker suspect
KUALA LUMPUR: A man accused of bearing a police identity card after he was caught for throwing firecrackers at Bersih protestors on Sunday was actually a policeman helping to detain the actual perpetrator.
“The policeman was identifying himself to the protesters by showing his police ID card,” KL CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad said when contacted.
Bersih 2.0 steering committee member Thomas Fann earlier claimed that a man suspected of hurling firecrackers at protestors along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman near the Swiss Hotel Sunday night had a police identification card on him.
Fann claimed that when Bersih security personnel were lodging a police report, an officer receiving it checked for the suspect’s identification and unlocked his handcuffs after finding his police identification card.
“The officer also told them not to put in the suspect’s name and police identification card into their police report,” he said.
SAC Zainuddin also confirmed that police detained three men for using firecrackers on Sunday and that they would be released on bail Monday evening.
Monday August 31, 2015 MYT 3:24:47 PM
Four arrested for throwing lighted firecrackers at Bersih 4 rally
KUALA LUMPUR: Police arrested four men over two incidents of hurling lighted firecrackers as participants of the Bersih 4 rally here began to disperse on Sunday.
Kuala Lumpur Police chief Datuk Tajudin Md Isa (pic) said one of the men was held for throwing lighted firecrackers at the crowd in the vicinity of Dataran Merdeka.
Later, two more men were arrested for doing the same thing. Another person, who tried to stop the police from arresting the duo, was also nabbed, he told Bernama.
On Sunday, Tajudin said in a statement that a 21-year-old man was arrested at Dataran Merdeka for engaging in an obscene act and failing to produce his identity card.
Monday August 31, 2015 MYT 1:13:43 AM
Bersih 4: Man throws firecracker at protestors, injures four
KUALA LUMPUR: A scuffle ensued at the Dataran Merdeka area after an individual apparently threw firecrackers at Bersih 4 protesters here, injuring four.
A protester who witnessed the incident said that the man, dressed in a black T-shirt and yellow headband, threw it at some protesters resting at a car park.
He said the man tried to throw another but was foiled by other protesters.
“He was identified and immediately cornered by protesters,” he said.
He added that the police arrived to calm the situation, and the man was given some medical attention.
“The medical team treated him and he was arrested and brought away,” he said.
The four injured protesters were also given immediate medical attention.
A medical officer, Yap, said the injuries were not so severe.
“There were some bad burns but nothing more,” she said.
Malay Mail Online
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 — The daughter of Hijjas Kasturi, a prominent architect, has been arrested for distributing Bersih 4 balloons at an upscale shopping mall here earlier today.
It is understood that Bilqis Hijjas is currently detained at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters after the police picked her up earlier from the Pavilion shopping mall in Bukit Bintang.
Bilqis’ friend, Syar S Alias, told Malay Mail Online that they are now waiting at the police station with her family but are uncertain as to whether or not Bilqis will be charged.
“Over the weekend we had distributed the balloons but today she was distributing it at Pavilion, where the DiverseCity was,” Syar said when contacted, referring to an international art festival currently taking place at the mall.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was scheduled to attend the programme today.
Syar said the balloons had four of Bersih 4 demands written on it. The Bersih 4 rally took place over the weekend with some estimates putting the turnout to as high as 100,000 people.
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Yellow balloons dropped on PM’s event
Seven yellow balloons were dropped from upper floors of the Pavillion shopping mall in Bukti Bintang during an event attended by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor.
Najib was on the ground floor at the centre court of the shopping mall to officiate at the Diversecity Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival.
The seven balloons were decorated with the words “Free media”, “Democracy” and “Justice”, among others.
When the balloons were launched, many people in the mall took notice and pointed into the air.
Eventually, the balloons landed behind a stage and were destroyed by security personnel.
Najib dan Rosmah did not react to the incident.
Prior to the incident, Najib and Rosmah were admiring artworks. Neither gave a speech during the event and left an hour later.
It is understood that a performance artist has been arrested in connection with the dropping of the balloons.
11 held over Bersih rally in Sungai Petani
Bernama Today 3:31 pm Today 3:33 pm
Police arrested 11 people who were clad in the banned Bersih 4 yellow T-shirts during an illegal rally at Dataran Zero Kilometer in Sungai Petani last night.
Kuala Muda police chief ACP Md Zukir Md Isa said the 10 men and one woman were aged between 17 and 48.
“Six of them were picked up at 9.15pm and the rest at 9.30pm,” he told Bernama today.
All of them were released on police bail after their statements had been recorded, he said.