Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Police detain nine after protest


Nine demonstrators were arrested at Komtar here yesterday after they staged a protest against the state government.

They were among 300 people, from Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa), Suara Anak-Anak Malaysia and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Insan Mulia, who marched to Komtar at noon, to hand a memorandum to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

The hour-long protest caused massive traffic snarls at roads surrounding Komtar.

The demonstrators, some on foot and others on motorcycles, began their march in Jalan Penang at noon.

They bore placards bearing anti-Ng Wei Aik slogans as a sign of protest against the Komtar assemblyman, and gathering outside Komtar, the state's administrative centre, to voice their discontent.

State Perkasa deputy chief Mohd Rizuad Mohd Azudin said they held the demonstration to protest against Ng, who had been extremely unfair to the Malay community here.

"We are gathered here to hand a memorandum to Lim on Ng because we feel the chief minister should reprimand and take stern action against his subordinate who has continuously hurt the feelings of the Malays."

"We will continue to hold demonstrations as long as Ng continues to serve as assemblyman and as Lim's political secretary," he said.

The demonstrators also demanded that Lim himself come down and accept the memorandum.

After 30 minutes, an officer from the Chief Minister's office came down and received the memorandum on Lim's behalf.

In the memorandum, Perkasa called for the sacking of Ng, who had allegedly called recent fire victims in Jalan Gurdwara, who wedded Bangladeshi men, as "betrayers".

Ng was alleged to have uttered the words to two local woman whose spouses were Bangladesh nationals while disbursing aid to fire victims after the incident.

Northeast district deputy police chief Superintendant Ahmad Bakhtiar Kassim confirmed the arrest of nine demonstrators.

He said they had been detained under Section 27 of the Police Act 1987 for participating in an illegal assembly.

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