Release 11 Individuals Arrested During Candlelight Vigil

The police have arrested 11 individuals including two elected representatives at a candlelight vigil held outside DAP MP Teresa Kok’s office to mourn the death of democracy of Perak crisis.

The 11 individuals were arrested around 8.20pm and were taken to IPD Brickfields. This is an indication of the authority’s continual intolerance to peaceful assembly continued even after the arrests of 119 people in relation to the Perak political situation between 5th to 7th May 2009.
Those arrested (7 men and 4 women) includes:
1.      Jenice Lee (Teratai state assemblyperson)
2.      Teo Nie Ching (Serdang Member of Parliament)
3.      Lam Kah Hon
4.      Alax L. C. Ling
5.      Koh Weng Ken
6.      Chua Yew Choong
7.      Lim Jen Yow
8.      Tan Hak Lian
9.      Fong Kok Leong
SUARAM condemns the police for their ongoing attacks and intimidation on freedom of expression and right to assembly, fundamental rights which are guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
We demand the police to release the 11 individuals immediately and unconditionally. We also demand that police stop harassing the Malaysian people from exercising their rights to assembly and stop the assault on freedom of expression.