Police turn up at PSM sec-gen’s house

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Police turned up at the Kajang residence of PSM secretary general S Arutchelvan on 6 February 2011 in connection with his involvement in a demonstration in solidarity with Egypt earlier.

Kajang, 6 February 2011 – Four policemen led by Inspector Faizal Abdullah from the Cheras Police District handed a notice for investigation as well as wanted to record a statement from S Arutchelvan on his involvement in the recent Solidarity demonstration for Egypt at the US embassy.

The officer with another three policemen all in plainclothes handed a 111 CPC notice, which requires Arutchelvan, PSM Secretary General to be questioned on the recent demonstration at the US Embassy. They arrived at his residence in Kajang in a police car and enquired with his neighbours before entering the premises. The police officer also threatened that he would get an arrest warrant if Arutchelvan did not give his statement that day.

Arutchelvan refused to give any statement to the police because the 111 notice did not specify any date or time he was required to give his statement. He dismissed the notice as defective and as an attempt to harass and threaten those who led the successful demonstration earlier.

The policemen insisted that he was acting lawfully but in reality, such notices require the police to state the time and venue they want the statement recorded. Going to somebody’s private residence and demanding a statement to be recorded is a form of harassment and high-handed police tactics.

It seems the Malaysia state is worried that such a huge numbers of people have participated in the Egypt solidarity rally in spite of being a long holiday. It seems that now they want to create fear and try to stop further mobilisation on this issue. The Malaysia Prime Minister has cautioned Malaysian to learn from Egypt on the issue of chaos if demonstration goes on but has yet to support the call for Hosni Mubarak resignation.

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Not to be cowed by the police action, S Arutchelvan with PSM members lodged a police report at the Kajang Police Station against the policemen who came to his house. The report lodged at 9.00pm denounces the police for harassment, misuse of power and mala-fide intent. The Kajang Police recorded a statement from Arutchelvan and agreed to investigate the complaint. – PSM Headquarters

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