Police say pre-Bersih 5 arrests made to prevent riots

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah at the Bersih 4 rally in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. —Picture by Saw Siow Feng
Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah at the Bersih 4 rally in Kuala Lumpur, August 30, 2015. —Picture by Saw Siow Feng

PETALING JAYA, Nov 19 — Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh confirmed the arrests of 14 individuals last night, in relation to the Bersih 5 rally today.

The 14 individuals are as follow:

Maria Chin Abdullah (Bersih chairman)

Anthony Loke (Seremban MP)

Ronnie Liu (Ex-Selangor Exco member)

Mandeep Singh (Bersih secretariat manager)

Muhamad Luqman Nul Haqim Zul Razali (student activist)

S. Arutchelvan (PSM committee member)

Jimmy Wong (Kota Kinabalu MP)

Lee Khai Meng (DAP member)

Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof (student activist)

Hairol Nizam Md Nor

Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos (Red-shirt leader)

Razali Zakaria (Red-shirt activist)

Ariffin Abu Bakar (black-shirt activist)

Muhamad Safwan Anang (activist)

Amar said the arrests were made to prevent riots, breach of the peace and public order.

“The arrests were done in and around Kuala Lumpur and Selangor where they are being investigated under Section 147/551 of the Penal Code,” he said in a statement.

“All arrested will be remanded under Section 117 of the Criminal Code Procedure.”

Maria, however, was arrested under Section 124C of the Penal Code for attempt to commit activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy.

“Investigations are being done following media reports involving a few individuals and non-governmental organisations believed to receive foreign funds and have been linked to the Open Society Foundation (OSF),” he said.”

Loke, however, is being investigated under Section 4 (1) of the Sedition Act by the Negri Sembilan Police Contingent.

Red Shirts Jamal and Ariffin were arrested under Section 142 of the Penal code for being a member of unlawful gathering.

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