KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 ― More than 10 members of a coalition of NGOs led by Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) were arrested today after they organised a protest against former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at the court complex here.
The protesters, numbering at just over 20, were protesting against Muhyiddin for not turning up at a Nothing to Hide 2.0 forum organised by JMM recently.
However, after they made their way into the court lobby, police arrested them under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012.
“All those arrested will be brought to Sentul police station for further action,” Sentul district police chief ACP R Munusamy told reporters after arriving at the scene.
Munusamy said that the police tried to get the protesters to disperse calmly, but were forced to detain them as they were being disruptive.
“They were affecting the proceedings of the court,” he said.
Last month, JMM organised the so-called “Nothing to Hide 2.0” forum purportedly for Muhyiddin to answer allegations of infidelity, and claimed that the former deputy prime minister would attend.
Muhyiddin did not appear and the forum then turned into a platform to criticise the sacked Umno deputy president, who is now Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia pro-tem president.
Muhyiddin also denied ever agreeing to attend the forum, and JMM subsequently issued an open invitation for him to speak at a replacement event.