Police new strategy – preemptive arrest

Below is a sharing from Kuang Keng (Malaysiakini journalist and DEMA senior) about police arrest in PROTES assembly.

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Dear frens, I’m very much disturbed about what the police did yesterday (26 Jan, Sat). I witnessed police arrest ppl 1 hour b4 they organised peaceful demonstration.

Closer to election, police have become more oppressive.

I was there, of course many of those arrested are opp leaders, but there are also ordinary ppl that were arrested. I saw one guy who took photo of SB (Special branch, secret police) was arrested after he was discovered by police officers.

I overheard police officers talking to themselves, “tangkap sahaja”.

I saw police beating ppl when arresting. Quoted from my colleague story :

Orders by Zulkarnain for the activists to sit down where they were standing were ignored. Instead, the latter crossed the road towards Avenue K, at which point Zulkarnain barked orders for their arrests.

“Drag them back (to this side) into the trucks! They were rough against us, be rough against them!” he was heard telling the police officers.

>From the scores of PSM supporters and leaders who were arrested included Selvam. Several of the other activists were seen being kicked and struck as they were taken by force by police officers.

When we asked the OCPD why police beat ppl, u know what he said to us?

“You saw how I told them to sit down and not to proceed. They acted rough, so we were (only) equally rough,” he said.

This is words from gangsters, not police!

Meanwhile my colleague was also arrested, my god! a journalist arrested! He’s now still in Pudu jail detention center. All he did is asking the police why they arrest other ppl.

This is too much.

These are some of the stories in Englisha and Chinese. Further update will be available as the event goes. Pls visit www.malaysiakini. com for latest news.

http://www.malaysia kini.com/ news/77481

封锁轻铁站拿庭令阻反涨集会
警方先发制人逮捕约60集会者
郭史光庆 | 1月26日 下午3点00分
晚上11点30分更新警方今 日以先发制人的强硬手段,率先逮捕约60名反对通货膨胀联盟(Protes)领袖及支持者,致使原本预定在吉隆坡国油双塔楼前举行的抗议百物涨价集会流 产。集会预定在下午3时进行,但是大约2时开始,至少200名警员就分头在双峰塔前的阳光广场,以及不远处的安邦坊(Ampang Park)轻快铁站外,先发制人地逮捕集会领袖与支持者,使到现场陷入一片混乱。

在“宁可杀错,不可放过”的策略下,警方共逮捕了约60人,包括社会主义党主席纳西尔(Nasir Hashim)、总秘书阿鲁(S Arutchelvan)、前内安法令扣留者巴都阿敏(Badrul Amin Baharom)、多名回教党志工团成员(Unit Amal)、《当今大马》记者赛嘉玛查希(Syed Jaymal Zahiid)以及集会参与者。

其 他被捕人士包括回教党副主席莫哈末沙布(Mohamad Sabu,右图黄衣者)、总财政哈达(Hatta Ramli)、妇女组主席努丽达(Nurudah Saleh)、中委兼研究中心主任祖基菲阿末(Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad,右图蓝衣者),以及人民公正党宣传主任蔡添强。

他们陆续被关押在至少5辆警察罗里内,并被送往吉隆坡警察总部接受盘问和录取口供。

不过,根据《马新社》的报道,吉隆坡警察总部发表声明表示,警方只逮捕了56名人士。

预料只有阿鲁将被控

截至晚上11时为止,只有阿鲁被关押在吉隆坡警察总部的牢房内,预料他将被控违反庭令。

至于其他被捕者,大多都已录取口供,包括《当今大马》记者赛嘉玛查希,预料他们将很快获释。警方在晚上8时才开始向他们录取口供,因此迟至现在仍未结束。

其中7名被捕者已可以离开警局,不过他们决定留下来等待其他被捕者录取口供,以示支持。

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误扣《当今大马》记者

《当今大马》记者赛嘉玛查希(左图中者)是因为在安邦坊轻快铁站外,询问警方以何理由逮捕参与者后,因为无法出示记者证而遭 警方逮捕。稍后《当今大马》联 络上金马区警区主任祖卡奈因(Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman)助理警监证实其身份,后者保证赛嘉玛查希将在录取口供后获释。

祖卡奈因今日亲自坐镇阳光广场,指挥在场的警员展开逮捕。除了逾200名的制服与便衣警员,警方也在下午3时45分派出8辆镇暴队罗里与水炮车到场,不过 由始至终都没有出动镇压集会者。

警方也在3点左右一度封锁双峰塔轻快铁站的出口,以阻止集会者前往集会地点,一直到4时30分左右才重新开放。

“宁可杀错,不可放过”

警方今日可说是用尽心思来对付这场集会,除了在昨日向法庭申请禁令阻止反涨价联盟集会,今午的逮捕行动更是“宁可杀错,不 可放过”,任何现场人士只要被怀 疑是前来参与集会,警方就毫不犹豫将他逮捕。

4名回教党志工团成员,相信就是因为身穿志工团的制服,结果在阳光广场的购物中心内徘徊时就遭警方逮捕。另2名逗留在阳光广场外,同样身穿志工团制服的成 员也未能幸免遭警方逮捕。

在阳光广场外被逮捕的人士尚包括人民公正党媒体协调主任林秀凌、该党最高理事巴都希山(Badrul Hisham),以及自由撰稿人周泽南。

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巴都阿敏妻女亲睹父亲被捕

林秀凌(左图)被押进警方罗里后仍高喊“烈火莫熄”,并发表简短的声明,抨击警方不务正业,不去解决高居不下的罪案率,却动 用庞大警力来镇压和平集会。周 泽南与另一名被捕者皆是因为身穿干净及公正选举联盟(公选盟)的黄色T恤,而被警方盯上。公选盟的黄色主题T恤似乎成了有关当局的“目标”。

至于前内安法令扣留者巴都阿敏,则在妻子与两名女儿眼前遭警方逮捕。眼看父亲遭带走,两名年幼的女儿眼角泛起泪光,其妻子也为了要与遭扣押上罗里的巴都阿 敏挥手道别,而一度与警员起口角。

巴都希山(右图)被捕时破口大骂警方,并站在警方罗里上高喊“斗争!斗争!斗垮国阵”,结果被数名警察粗暴地将他推进罗 里。当罗里离开时,他与关押在罗里 内的其他被扣者还在喊着“烈火莫熄”的口号。


社会主义党与警方发生肢体冲突

逾100名社会主义党的支持者,在约3点30分从安邦坊轻快铁站游行至双峰塔试图举行集会,但是却在安邦路遭警方团团包围阻止前进。就在双方开始谈判不 久,数名警员突然冲入人群强硬带走社会主义党的谈判员,此举立即引发一场肢体冲突,这时大量警员涌入人群中,以粗暴的手段逮捕了至少12名人士。

其中一名印裔妇女(左图)更在推挤中撞及路灯柱昏倒,于是警方召来医药队伍给予救济,但是她在苏醒后却不领情,在其他集会者 的扶持下离开现场。

双方在对峙时,《当今大马》听到愤怒的祖卡奈因曾向手下发出向集会者动粗的指示,“把他们拉进罗里!他们对我们动粗,我们就对他们粗暴!”结果警员果然对 数名社会主义党领袖与支持者拳打脚踢。

不过祖卡奈因却否认警方使用暴力,他在回答记者问题时表示,“你也看到了,我指示他们坐下不要再前进,他们却对我们动粗,我们就以牙还牙”。

祖卡奈因表示,警方只是暂时扣留这些人士以协助调查。

申请庭令阻1公里内集会

祖卡奈因(左图中者)昨日成功向吉隆坡推事庭申请禁令,阻止反对通货膨胀联盟在双峰塔1公里的范围内举行集会活动。这项禁 令点名哈达、蔡添强、阿鲁、民主 行动党非政府组织局主任刘天球、马来西亚学生与青年民主运动(学运)秘书黄思敏,以及“任何支持反涨价联盟的人士”。

社会主义党主席纳西尔在被逮捕前,曾针对有关禁令告诉《当今大马》说,警方已经滥用法庭禁令来遏制基本人权。

“这是一项滑稽的庭令,民众只是在四周围行走就会被扣留。我认为律师们应该挑战它,因为我们已经无法在这个国度内表达自己的不满。”

蔡添强开记者会后也被捕

蔡添强(左图)则在不远处的澳洲大使馆前的小贩中心召开记者会,谴责警方的强硬镇压手段是非常“荒谬”的。

“我们只是要表达对政府无力处理通货膨胀问题的不满,政府应该付出更多的努力来解决通货膨胀的问题,不是镇压和平集会与打压媒体,警告媒体不要报道通货膨 胀的负面新闻。”

“镇压人民的声音不是解决问题的方式,政府应该把警力用在解决日益上升的治安问题。”

然而蔡添强同样未能逃过被捕的命运,他在举行记者会不久后,就在小贩中心内遭闻风而至的警员逮捕。

一直到下午约4时,警方与人群才逐渐散去。

反对通货膨胀联盟是一个由非政府组织与反对党所组成的联盟,旨在反对政府无力抑制通货膨胀,尤其是盛传政府将在全国大选后调高汽油价格。

日前《当今大马》独家报道,副首相纳吉曾 召见主流媒体高层,宣布政府准备成立一个媒体政策小组(media policy group),以监控媒体在物价课题上的报道,避免出现一些对政府不利的新闻。

http://www.malaysia kini.com/ news/77489

12人昨晚先行获得释放
警方延扣46反涨集会者
郭史光庆 | 1月27日 下午3点26分
晚上8点38分更新 截至晚上8时为止,警方已成功申请延长扣留13名涉嫌参与昨日反涨集会的人士,推事一律批准警方延扣他们多24小时。目前仍在继续进行其他被扣者的聆审。在警方昨日以先发制人的强硬手段,逮捕58名被 疑参与反对通货膨胀的集会者后,警方今日申请延长扣留其中的46人。警方向推事庭申请延长扣留的聆审在今午约3时开始进行。

警方已在昨晚先行无条件释放12人,包括一名孕妇与一名16岁少年。

根据法令,若警方要延长扣留超过24小时,就必须取得推事的批准。目前这46人仍被扣留在吉隆坡半山芭扣留中心,其中大多数是反对党领袖与党员,另外还包 括《当今大马》记者赛嘉玛查希(Syed Jaymal Zahiid)。

反对党须筹至少12万保释金

预料警方将在明日将他们控上法庭,罪名是参与非法集会及违反庭令,因为警方曾经在上周五申请庭令禁止人们参与集会。

目前反对党正在筹集保释金,准备在明日保释被控上法庭的人士。他们预料需要至少12万令吉的保释金。

大约100名人士从今午开始就在扣留中心外展开集会,要求警方立即释放被扣者。

警方禁被捕者获取律师咨询

在聆审尚未开始之前,被扣者的代表律师不满被扣者自昨日遭逮捕后,就被禁止会见代表律师。

其中一名律师哈尼巴(Mohamed Hanipa Maidin)表示,“只让我们在聆审前会见被扣者数分钟有什么意义?我们根本无法良好地讨论案情”。

律师们恫言,若警方不给他们足够的时间会见被扣者,他们将在推事抵达后集体离席以示抗议。

昨夜获释的自由撰稿人周泽南(右图)在接受《当今大马》电询时表示,警方并没有说明扣留他的理由,也表示不会提控他。他表示,与他一道的获释者,大多是社 会主义党的党员。周泽南是因为身穿干净及公平选举联盟(Bersih)的黄色主题衣杉,结果在警方”宁可杀错,不可放过”的策略下被捕。

《当今》记者3次报案指遭警殴打

目前仍在扣留中心等待聆审的《当今大马》记者赛嘉玛(左图中者),在扣留期间曾进行3次报案。首两份报案书是指警方非法扣 留,第3份报案书则是指自己遭警察殴打。

赛嘉玛是因为在昨日的集会上,询问警方以何理由逮捕集会参与者时,无法出示记者证而遭警方逮捕。

根据《法新社》报道,警方拒绝说明赛嘉玛遭逮捕的原因。政府向来都拒绝发出官方 记者证予《当今大马》的记者,记者需要这份证件以进出官方活动。

《当今大马》总编辑颜重庆表示,“我感到非常不满,这显示警方没有尊重 记者履行职务的权利”。

警方应该在 他证明自己是记者后就释放他。”

先发制人大逮捕迫使集会流产

昨日的集会是由非政府组织与反对党所组成的反对通货膨胀联盟(Protes)所号召,原本预定在下午3时于吉隆坡双峰塔外 进行。但是在集会开始前1小时,警方就以先发制人的强硬手段,率先逮捕58名集会领袖及支持者,导致集会被迫流产。

在采取”宁可杀错,不可放过”策略下,被捕者包括社会主义党主席纳西尔(Nasir Hashim)、总秘书阿鲁(S Arutchelvan)、前内安法令扣留者巴都阿敏(Badrul Amin Baharom)、回教党副主席莫哈末沙布(Mohamad Sabu)、总财政哈达(Hatta Ramli)、妇女组主席努丽达(Nurudah Saleh)、中委兼研究中心主任祖基菲阿末(Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad)、人民公正党宣传主任蔡添强,以及多名回教党志工团成员(Unit Amal)。

警方从上周五开始就在双峰塔的阳光广场附近地区进行监察,更在昨日派出约500名警员到场戒备,并一度封锁安邦购物中心往城中城的路段,更在下午3时封锁 双峰塔轻快铁站的出口,以阻止集会者前往参与集会,直到下午4时30分左右才重新开放。

金马区警区主任祖卡奈因助理警监(Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman)也在上周五向吉隆坡推事庭申请禁令,阻止反对通货膨胀联盟在双峰塔1公里的范围内举行集会活动。庭令禁止哈达、蔡添强、阿鲁、民主行动党非 政府组织局主任刘天球、马来西亚学生与青年民主运动(学运)秘书黄思敏,以及”任何支持反涨价联盟的人士”举行集会。警方已在上周五晚上,于阳光广场一带 张贴有关的禁令。

【请留意接下来的跟进报道】

http://www.malaysia kini.com/ news/77492

Key players to be charged tomorrow
Fauwaz Abdul Aziz | Jan 27, 08 9:42pm
Remand hearing for the 47 people arrested at the Protes rally yesterday and held in Pudu jail are still continuing as at 9pm tonight.The first five who were placed under 24-hour remand from the time of their arrest yesterday are PAS leaders Mat Sabu, Dr Hatta Ramlu, PSM’s S Arutchelvan, PKR’s Tian Chua and Simon Ooi. Their names were specified in the court order banning the rally against price hikes yesterday.They are expected to be brought to the Magistrate’s Court in Jalan Duta to be charged tomorrow. Most of those on remand today are expected to be charged for illegal assembly while the key five Protes leaders will also be charged for breaching the court order which bans them from being in the vicinity (KLCC) of the assembly yesterday.

At press time, Malaysiakini journalist Syed Jaymal Zahiid has not faced the magistrate yet. His fate is still unknown but Malaysiakini has sought the assistance of lawyer Ameer Hamzah to see to Syed’s legal needs while under police detention.

Police reports lodged

After he was picked up for questioning a police officer at the KLCC on the police swoop of protesters, Syed Jaymal lodged a police report alleging that he was punched on the head and had his hair pulled.

According to Syed’s report, they were walking to the police trucks in groups when one of them pushed him. He told them not to push as they were all handcuffed together. They shouted at him, he shouted back. Then one officer punched his head and another pulled his hair.

The journalist also lodged another report for unlawful detention.

Yesterday’s police operation was led by Dang Wangi OCPD Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman. When protesters and policemen were caught in a scuffle at one stage, both sides screamed at each other to “stop pushing”.

The OCPD was heard ‘barking’ to his men to arrest those who ignored his instructions to sit down and remain where they were. When the protesters started crossing the road towards Avenue K, Zulkarnain ordered their arrests.

“Drag them back (to this side) into the trucks! They were rough against us, be rough against them!” he was heard telling the police officers.

Last night, 12 of those picked up were given the green light to go home but they chose to stay with the waiting group as a sign of solidarity.

The protest against price hikes organised by Protes, consisting of several non-governmental organisations and opposition political parties was meant to be a peaceful assembly.

As such, the organisers did not apply for a police permit but had only informed the police of the event

http://www.malaysia kini.com/ news/77487

PSM’s Aru to be charged, others expected to go free
Fauwaz Abdul Aziz | Jan 26, 08 10:12pm
Of the some 60 people who were detained by the police for taking part in the Protes rally today, only PSM secretary-general S Arutchelvan has been placed in the city detention centre in the old Pudu prison.The politician and social activist is expected to be charged for violating a court order which bans the staging of the rally today.As at 10pm tonight, half of those picked up have given their statement to the police. The group included Malaysiakini journalist Syed Jaymal Zahiid. They are now holding out in the canteen within the police headquarters and are expected to be released later.Already, 12 have been given the green light to go home but they chose to stay with the waiting group as a sign of solidarity.

About 45 are still having their statements taken. The delay is due to the process which began only at 8pm.

Arrests began at 2pm

More than 60 individuals were detained by the police near the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and Ampang Park shopping complex ahead of a protest against price hikes organised by Protes.

Protes consists of several non-governmental organisations and opposition political parties PAS, PKR, PSM and DAP.

Police had declared the rally today as illegal and obtained a court order yesterday banning five people, in particular, from attending.

About 200 police personnel were present at KLCC and Ampang Park, their numbers equaling if not exceeding the protesters who turned up.

Starting at about 2pm, five women and four men were picked up near the Ampang Park LRT Station and brought to the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters (IPK) for questioning in connection with the rally.

Those picked up included PAS Wanita leader Aiman Athirah Al-Jundi and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) secretary-general S Arutchelvan.

Arutchelvan, who was taken away in a separate car, is one of five people named in the Kuala Lumpur magistrate’s court order prohibiting their presence within a one-kilometre radius of KLCC and the nearby Al-Shakirin mosque.

Before he was arrested, he was shown a copy of the court order by one of the police officers and told he was being brought to the police headquarters for questioning.

This led Arutchelvan to question why he was being brought to the police station when the court order was not an arrest warrant.

Like Arutchelvan, PKR’s Tian Chua was also shown a copy of the court order before being taken away.

Contacted later, Chua said the arrest was wrong on several grounds, including the fact that his name and identification card number
contained in the order were wrong.

“For one thing, there was no arrest warrant. Secondly, I was not even within the area specified in the court order from which I was
prohibited,” he told Malaysiakini from inside the police headquarters.

He had blasted the government for cracking down on social and political activists decrying the price hikes when it should instead have spent its energies on formulating and coming forward to the public with concrete measures to tackle inflation.

At about the same time, at least 100 members and supporters of PSM and grassroots organisation Jerit arrived by bus and had marched from Ampang Park towards KLCC. They were led, among others, by Jerit leader Y Kohila.and PSM central committee member V Selvam.

Upon reaching the area in front of Avenue K opposite the towers, the group was blocked by a barrier of police officers who had locked arms and prevented them from proceeding any further.

Teenagers and elderly women were seen among the PSM-Jerit group who were caught in the ensuing scuffle that occurred between the two groups. Both activists and police officers – led by Dang Wangi OCPD Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman – screamed at each other to “stop pushing”.

One of the ‘casualties’ of the melee was one woman who said her right shoulder was in pain after being struck during the pushing and shoving. She refused, however, to be brought by ambulance to the hospital for medical treatment.

OCPD barks

Orders by Zulkarnain for the activists to sit down where they were standing were ignored. Instead, the latter crossed the road towards Avenue K, at which point Zulkarnain barked orders for their arrests.

“Drag them back (to this side) into the trucks! They were rough against us, be rough against them!” he was heard telling the police officers.

>From the scores of PSM supporters and leaders who were arrested included Selvam. Several of the other activists were seen being kicked and struck as they were taken by force by police officers.

This prompted Kohila, speaking to reporters as the group dispersed in the direction of Ampang Park, to decry the state of democracy and freedom of speech in the country.

“We cannot do anything in this country! We cannot even talk about our grievances! We cannot even stand (up for rights)!” she screamed.

Met later, Zulkarnain denied any excessive force had been used against the protesters.

“You saw how I told them to sit down and not to proceed. They acted rough, so we were (only) equally rough,” he said.

He also said those picked up were only being brought to “assist investigations”.

By about 4 pm, most of the police personnel and those protesters still on Jalan Ampang had left.

One thought on “Police new strategy – preemptive arrest

  1. It was a brutal crackdown (see 5 policemen to arrest & hold a protester in pic), involving nearly 1,300 policemen, effectively quashed the planned protest aimed at “highlighting public anger over rising prices of food and fuel” – an issue that will figure prominently in the next GE. Tian Chua was complaining “’It’s almost ridiculous, conducting mass arrests before we even converged” More details & updated pics & Video Clip (2min 15s) uploaded
    Go H E R E

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