Updated: 64 is reported arrested-but some-over 10, have started to be released.
URGENT APPEAL: 7 May 2009
More than 50 arrested in Perak!
The police’s ongoing attack on peaceful assembly and freedom of expression continues with the current crackdown in the state of Perak. Since this morning, SUARAM has been informed that more than 50 people have been arrested for breaching the injunction against gathering at the state secretariat.
Among those arrested include Members of Parliament, State Assembly persons and members of the public. Those arrested is now being held at Sungai Senam Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) contingent headquarters. They have all been denied access to lawyers.
The following are names of those whose arrests have been confirmed:
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. YB Zuraida, (MP of Ampang)
15. YB Jenice Lee (DUN of Teratai, Selangor)
16. YB Khoo Poay Tiong (DUN of Ayer Keroh, Melacca)
17. YB Tey Kok Seong (DUN of Bahau, Ngeri Sembilan)
18. YB Salahuddin Ayub (MP of Kubang Kerian)
19. YB Dr D Jeyakumar (MP of Sungai Siput)
20. YB Mujahid Yusof Rawa (MP of Parit Buntar)
21. Liow Yeong Lih, 39
22. Mohd Salehudin Yusob, 38
23. Adnan Hashim
24. Shanmugam Govindasamy
25. M. S. Arjunan
26. A. Kalaimugilan
27. Lee Kok Hing
28. Teo Kok Seong
29. Ng Chin Tsai
30. Yew Thian How
31. Oon Neow Aun
32. Ahmad Jamal Abdul Manaf
33. Teh Hock Yong
34. Loke Hock Yew
35. Ahmad Mulana Bin Amran
SUARAM strongly condemns the police for their ongoing attacks and intimidation on freedom of expression, a fundamental right which is guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
We strongly urge 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.
Urgent action needed:
Please write protest letters to the government and the police to express your strongest condemnation of the arrests and the ongoing denial of rights of expression. Please also demand the Malaysian government for the immediate and unconditional release the three activists.
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