URGENT APPEAL UPDATE: 7 May 2009
All but 15 released in Perak
The police have released most of the arrested individuals, with the exception of 15 persons who are still under police remand. SUARAM has been informed that the police have taken statements from the 15, who have been denied access to lawyers. As the investigation procedures have been completed on the 15, the police have no reason to further detain them and they should be released immediately.
According to DAP opposition leader Lim Kit Siang in a press conference at 2pm, the police had arrested more than 60 individuals including 9 elected representatives.
Those individuals still not released by police are as below:
1. Ooi Tze Min, 25
2. Tan Kar Hing, 27
3. Lau Bhuan Lai, 54
4. Lim Hon Can, 25
5. Sze Chin Hock, 30
6. Ti Kok Eng, 51
7. Psan Ksin Wah, 54
8. Chan Gee Keong, 53
9. Lao Tek Hai, 39
10. Foo Piew Kok, 59
11. Loke Sai Kau, 54
12. Cheah Kim Choy, 49
13. Foo Pau Long, 56
14. Liow Yeong Lih, 39
15. Mohd Salehudin Yusob, 38
SUARAM strongly urges the police to release all the individuals arrested immediately and unconditionally. We also demand that the police stop harassing the people from excising their rights to assembly and stop the assault on freedom of expression.
Please continue send in your protest letters or call to the government and the police to express your strongest condemnation of the arrests and the ongoing denial of rights of expression.
Please call and send your protest letters to:
1. Commander Operation DSP Hamidah (019-5646097)
Balai Polis Sungai Senam
2. Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Ipoh
Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab,
30000 Ipoh, Perak.
[Letterhead of your organisation]
Inspector-General of Police
Tan Sri Musa Hassan
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,
50560 Bukit Aman,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603 2262 6015
Fax: +603 2272 5613
Re: Release all the individuals arrested at Perak
We are writing to you to express our outrage and our strongest condemnation over the arrests of more than 50 individuals in Ipoh today (7 May 2009).
We are appalled by the police’s latest actions and view this as yet another attempt to intimidate Malaysian citizens from participating in any form of public assembly and exercising their freedom to express their views.
We demand that all the individuals arrested to be released immediately and unconditionally. We further demand that your government stops the assault on freedom of expression.
We strongly urge you, once again, to stop bringing shame to Malaysia, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council. We would like to remind you that freedom of expression is guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
012-7209981 / 03-77843525