Three men nabbed over as­sault on Ber­sih con­voy

> Zero tol­er­ance for vi­o­lent be­hav­iour, says po­lice chief

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY TIM­O­THY ACHARIAM, G. SURACH AND AMAR SHAH MOHSEN

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.

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