Police summon more Perikatan members over ‘Save Malaysia’ rally

Alfian Z.M. Tahir

The police say it has identified 25 participants of the 'Save Malaysia' rally and have summoned them to give their statements. – Facebook pic, September 18, 2023.

POLICE have summoned two more Perikatan Nasional members over the #SelamatkanMalaysia rally held over the weekend.

Syarul Ema Rena Abu Samah, better known as Ratu Naga, and Badrul Hisham Shaharin, or Chegubard, were the latest to be called in by Dang Wangi police.

Taking the matter to social media, Syarul Ema said she had been called to the police station tomorrow at 10am to have her statement recorded.

Badrul, meanwhile, said he and three other activists were contacted by police to have their statements taken on Wednesday.

“The list may grow, especially after the first group with Tun Faisal (Ismail Aziz) was called in this morning,” he said.

Yesterday deputy Inspector General of Police Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said police have identified 25 participants of the “Save Malaysia” rally held in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday and have asked them to give their statements.

He said six of them, including a political party leader, would visit the Dang Wangi police station on today and tomorrow.

“Of the 25 individuals involved, we have contacted 22 this morning. Five of them will appear at the Dang Wangi police headquarters for questioning today, one tomorrow, and others will be called later,” he told a press conference at the Kedah police headquarters on Sunday.

Badrul said the group said the police were carrying out their duties and were under pressure from the government.

“The right to assemble peacefully is a constitutional guarantee enshrined in Article 10(1)(b) of the Federal Constitution. Therefore, any action that goes against the nation’s constitution is a crime.

“The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) instruction to police to open the investigation papers is also clearly wrong.

“On Wednesday, a report will be lodged against the AGC and the police, because the investigation is against the country’s constitution,” he said.

The rally was to protest the attorney-general’s decision to drop the 47 corruption charges against Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Last week, High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah allowed the prosecution’s application to grant Zahid a discharge not amounting to acquittal on criminal breach of trust, corruption, and money laundering charges related to Yayasan Akalbudi funds.

The prosecution said it wanted to halt proceedings so a more in-depth investigation could be done.  – September 18, 2023.

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