Cops haul up three over Bersih 4 rally in Kuching

About 3,000 protesters gathered at the Bersih 4 rally in Kuching August 29, 2015. — file picture
About 3,000 protesters gathered at the Bersih 4 rally in Kuching August 29, 2015. — file picture

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.

Earlier, Kuching district police chief ACP Roslan Bek Ahmad said they received four police reports over the Saturday rally, on the move to hold a two-kilometre parade as part of the rally and the presence of placards and banners that bore words deemed as attacks on a certain public personality.

A report on the screening of a film on Saturday night at the field was also lodged with the police.

Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) also lodged a report regarding the hanging of banners in its jurisdiction without its permission.

However, no arrest was made.

The Sarawak edition of Bersih 4 ended abruptly on midnight on Saturday, and Mujah cited certain protocols might have been breached, including the presence of many children at the field on Saturday night.