Umno man vows to sue local authorities for approving Anwar billboards

‘Red shirts’ leader Datuk Jamal Yunos surrenders himself for questioning at the Ampang Jaya police station, accompanied by his lawyer and supporters, March 22, 2016. — Picture by Choo Choy May
‘Red shirts’ leader Datuk Jamal Yunos surrenders himself for questioning at the Ampang Jaya police station, accompanied by his lawyer and supporters, March 22, 2016. — Picture by Choo Choy May

AMPANG, March 22 — Sungai Besar Umno leader Datuk Jamal Md Yunos said today he will take legal action against Selangor’s local government councils for approving the display of “misleading” billboards proclaiming Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as a “political prisoner”.

Speaking to reporters outside the Ampang Jaya district police station, he said those billboards were misleading because the former opposition leader was only a “criminal”.

“We will be ready to sue PBT as they allowed the display of those billboards to the public,” the Sungai Besar Umno division chief said, referring to the Malay term for local government councils.

“The billboards displayed in Selangor seem to suggest that Anwar is a political prison when he is a criminal in reality.”

Jamal was at the police station today to record his statement and he brought 13 lawyers along with his supporters who wore red shirts.

He said he was unsure why the police called him again after he was previously questioned for threatening to torch the billboard.

Last week, Jamal caused a ruckus when he and dozens of his followers gathered in Ampang to protest against the Selangor government’s usage of billboards in the state to campaign for the release of PKR de facto leader, Anwar, who was sentenced in February last year to five years’ imprisonment for sodomy.

The posters ― which have a giant picture of the former opposition leader accompanied by the hashtag titles #freeanwar and #savemalaysia ― were part of the PKR administration’s commemoration of Anwar’s first anniversary in jail.

One of the billboards was put up on Jalan Memanda, Ampang, which was where Jamal and his men had gathered.

Ampang is seen as a PKR stronghold. The federal seat is held by the party’s women’s wing chief Zuraida Kamaruddin.

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