Updated 8.00pm, 6 May 2009
Mat Sabu (Source: mohamadsabu.com)
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 May 2009: PAS vice-president Mohamad Sabu was arrested by the police at 3.10pm today.
Mat Sabu, as the PAS leader is better known as, was detained for inciting members of the public and party supporters to assemble in Ipoh in conjunction with the Perak state legislative assembly sitting tomorrow, Perak Police Chief Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah told Bernama in Ipoh.
Zulkifli said a group of police officers in civilian clothes picked him up as soon as he walked out of Restoran Haslam at Jalan Pahang Barat, Kuala Lumpur.
PAS Youth chief Salahuddin Ayub, who was at the scene, claimed the police were “rough and uncivilised” when arresting Mat Sabu. He also claimed the police did not produce a warrant of arrest.
“A few friends and I tried to help abang Mat but we were stopped by the police officers,” said Salahuddin, according to a Harakah report.
He added that the police did not inform them where Mat Sabu was being taken nor the reason for the arrest.
PAS MP for Kuala Selangor Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, who confirmed the arrest, told The Nut Graph: “It’s probably because of Sabu’s press conference on organising the 7 May solat hajat in Manjoi, Perak.”
The PAS leader had plans to hold mass prayers in conjunction with the Perak state assembly sitting in Ipoh tomorrow.
This is the sixth arrest since political scientist Wong Chin Huat was detained under the Sedition Act last night.
Three activists from Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) were also detained by the police this morning for attempting to deliver a birthday cake to the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya.
(Pic by nazreth / sxc.hu) Sani Md Shah, Saufi Mihat and Yasir Sheikh Abdul had intended to send the cake commemorating murdered Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu’s 31st birthday and a letter written by Altantuya’s father to prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
The cake was seized and squashed for “security reason”, according to the police.
PKR supreme council member and SAMM coordinator Badrul Hisham Shaharin and another person were also arrested when they attempted to deliver food to the three SAMM activists at 2pm.
Badrul Hisham, who is better known as Chegu Bard, had on 30 April threatened to hold a nationwide, mammoth funeral possession for Altantuya unless Najib filed suit against all the international media that had carried stories linking him to the dead Mongolian.