Three men nabbed over assault on Bersih convoy
> Zero tolerance for violent behaviour, says police chief
PETALING JAYA: Three men were arrested on Saturday over an assault on a Bersih convoy.
Selangor police chief Datuk Abu Samah Mat said the three suspects were detained. “We are viewing the video to ascertain those behind the assault,” he said, adding that police will take a “zero tolerance” stance against violent behaviour and provocateurs.
The three suspects, he said, were detained under Section 147 of the Penal Code for rioting, that carries a penalty of two years’ jail and a fine, or both.
Bernama reported that Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, who is also Youth and Sports minister, condemned the assault, saying it as irresponsible and should not have happened in a democratic country.
“We can’t accept this and I hope the police will take appropriate action,” he said.
Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 strongly condemned the assault. In a statement, its chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said those involved in the assault had crossed the line.
“A Bersih supporter was beaten up. They egged him, pulled him off his bike, kicked and punched him with such force that it injured him badly. They could have killed him.”
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said stern action would be taken against Coalition of Malay NGOs chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunus for allegedly posting seditious remarks on his Facebook account, Bernama reports.
“Such seditious remarks are unacceptable. Police will take immediate action,” he said on Facebook last night.
Jamal is alleged to have posted: “I promise that the May 13 tragedy will be repeated and the flying parang will occur if Bersih 5 is held at the same time as #Bersih5 rally scheduled on Nov 19.”
The remarks were posted on Sept 21.
A group of men assaulting a Bersih 5 supporter at Sabak Bernam.
A man kicks a Bersih 5 supporter at Sabak Bernam.