Thursday, 16 October 2008

PAS leader, 26 others held during demolition - Malaysiakini

Malaysiakini reported that 27 people, including a local PAS leader and three women, were arrested in Kampung Baru Plentong Tengah, Johor Bahru, for attempting to stop the demolition of the squatter settlement.

Also arrested was the villagers' action committee chairperson Jameon Abdullah and secretary Taslim Nani.

Contacted on his mobile phone later, Taslim said they were taken to the Johor Raya police station.

He also revealed that Sameon had fainted when the police arrested him.

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According to Taslim, the police had arrested them when they held hands and formed a human barricade on the road leading to the village inhabited by about 2,400 people.

He said PAS Johor state liaison committee member Syed Othman Syed Abdullah was also picked up.

The demolition exercise was carried out after the developer Bukit Lenang Sdn Bhd obtained a court order.

Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) president Hassan Karim, who is also the lawyer representing the villagers, said the demolition was not expected as discussions are being held between the villagers and the developer.

He said that the houses which have been demolished so far are vacant units.

It is learnt that some 100 Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) personnel and some 200 police personnel, including those in plain clothes, were deployed in the area.

The predominantly Malay Kampung Baru Plentong Tengah is believed to have been in existence for nearly three decades.

Meanwhile, lawyers John Fernandez,Kuna Nadesan and Mathews George are attempting to meet with those arrested.

When contacted earlier, Fernandez said the lawyers were not allowed to meet with the detainees or the investigating officer. - Malaysiakini

1 comment:

mamasita said...

I get very upset when I see a rioter in such a situation as the photo depicts.I hope the police tak belasah anyone.Please do not let that happen.I hope no one is hurt!Our demonstrations are normally peaceful unless provoked right?