Tian Chua, Zuraida nabbed after Bersih 5 rally

PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang (centre), better known as Tian Chua, at the Bersih 5 rally in Kuala Lumpur November 19, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang (centre), better known as Tian Chua, at the Bersih 5 rally in Kuala Lumpur November 19, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 — Police arrested PKR leaders Zuraida Kamaruddin and Chua Tian Chang after the Bersih 5 protest today, the latter for rioting under Section 147 of the Penal Code.

The arrest of PKR vice-president Chua, better known as Tian Chua, came after the arrests of four others, including activists Fahmi Reza and Hishamuddin Rais, at the street demonstration organised by polls reform group Bersih 2.0 in the city here today.

“Please be informed that Tian Chua has just been arrested at his home in Bandar Utama by the police (supposedly the Special Task Force on Organised Crime) from IPK KL, led by DSP Norsulan,” the PKR communications team quoted lawyer R. Sivarasa as saying.

“The case is under Section 147 of the Penal Code, related to involvement in rioting. The police will request for a remand order tomorrow,” he added.

According to PKR, Wanita PKR chief Zuraida was being brought to the Dang Wangi police headquarters, but the reason for her arrest was not immediately known.

The federal opposition party also said it was understood that five to six more PKR leaders or activists may be arrested tonight.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Amar Singh confirmed Chua’s arrest under Section 147 and Section 511 of the Penal Code, a general provision on the punishment for attempting to commit offences under the Penal Code.

Police said earlier today that graphic artist Fahmi, Hishamuddin, Pasir Pinji assemblyman Howard Lee and Umno Youth exco Datuk Armand Azha Abu Hanifah were arrested under Section 147 and Section 511 of the Penal Code.

Another man, Tony Siew Teck Choon, was arrested for using a drone during the Bersih 5 rally and investigated under Section 143 of the Public Aviation Rules. Two other men were detained for assault and illegal possession of weapons.

Dinesh Muthal, one of the lawyers for Fahmi, Hishamuddin, Lee and Siew, told Malay Mail Online that his four clients would also face a remand hearing tomorrow.

More than 10,000 people took to the streets of the capital city today at the fifth edition of Bersih 2.0’s rallies to protest against corruption.

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