PETALING JAYA, 23 May 2009: Police this evening raided the DAP national headquarters here and confiscated computer equipment, leaflets and DVDs.
The 6.30pm raid, which was done under Section 11 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act, was carried out without a search warrant.
In a blog posting, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang said it was the first time in the party’s 42 year history that its HQ had been raided. He said party leaders, Tan Kok Wai, Fong Kui Lun, Gobind Singh and Lim Lip Eng, who were alerted of the raid, managed to reached the HQ before the police left, which was about an hour later.
According to a statement from DAP Socialist Youth (Dapsy) national secretary Loh Chee Heng, police brought Dapsy political education bureau director Ooi Leng Hang, to the scene and it is believed he unlocked the door for them.
Ooi, who was handcuffed, had been in police detention since 21 May for taking part in a candlelight vigil in Taman Muda
The Hulu Selangor councillor’s office computer and some documents were confiscated. Watch a video of the raid here.
Terming the police raid as an “anti-democracy crackdown”, Dapsy in the statement said the move to charge Ooi, Dapsy deputy chairperson Jenice Lee and the other 14 Dapsy members and supporters under the 1984 Printing Presses and Publications Act “is extremely regrettable”.
The statement also demanded the immediate unconditional release of those who were arrested at the vigil on 21 May.