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PAS’s Mat Sabu detained

Updated 8.00pm, 6 May 2009

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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.

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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.

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4 Responses to “PAS’s Mat Sabu detained”

  1. Sam Leong says:

    This is indeed sad times for all Malaysians. The right to express and opine is no longer allowed. Let us remember who are the culprits that deprive all Malaysians of these rights and come the next election, let us not forget to vote them out of office. This is our only avenue. Let us be patient and have long memories because these culprits are relying on our short memory and large capacity for forgiving. Let us not forgive such heinous crimes of depriving fellow humans’ rights. God save us all.

  2. asirvatham says:

    My family will be using black dress on 7 May in support for the people of Perak, Manoharan and all those arrested by the Najib administration.

  3. Jonathan Ong says:

    The time will come when we cannot wear black, Muslims to pray in public and to hold a cake in the streets. Is this 1Malaysia?

  4. elaine says:

    Fear and intense guilt could be the reasons for not accepting the cake. Is it black forest?

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