PENANG, 8 May 2009: The police have arrested a staff of a higher learning institution here to help investigations on an illegal assembly in front of Dewan Sri Pinang, here, last night.
Penang Police Chief Datuk Ayub Yaakub said, the 25-year-old man was arrested around 9.45pm, 45 minutes after he and about 80 others congregated in the area.
“The police directed all of them, including several politicians, to disperse because they did not have a permit to assemble there.
“However, the man refused to leave and continued to deliver his seditious speech and we were forced to arrest him,” he said at a news conference here today.
Bernama was made to understand the group had gathered there and lit candles in front of Dewan Sri Pinang as a protest towards the Perak state assembly (DUN) meeting yesterday.
Meanwhile, Ayob warned the public, especially those supporting political parties, not to create chaos or hold illegal assemblies that might jeopardise public order in the country.
“The police are constantly monitoring the situation in the country and we will not hesitate to arrest those who try to influence, cause chaos or affect the peace and safety of the public,” he said. — Bernama
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