|Activist Wong arrested under Sedition Act|
|May 5, 09 6:36pm Malaysiakini.com|
|Poll reform group Bersih spokesperson Wong Chin Huat has been arrested under the Sedition Act tonight by a team of police officers at his home in Taman Sri Sentosa in Kuala Lumpur.
According to his lawyer Edmund Bon, the activist was arrested at 8pm after a police report was lodged today. He said he received a call from Wong (left).
“I tried negotiating with the police officer (on the phone) but they won’t listen to me.
“They didn’t want to tell under what section of the Sedition Act (that the arrest was made) and who the complainant is.”
Bon has since unable to contact Wong. The police have also seized Wong’s desktop computer.
It is learnt that Wong has been brought to Commercial Crimes Investigation Department (CCID) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur for questioning.
According to CCID chief Koh Hong Sun, the Bersih activist is being investigated under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act.
If found guilty, Wong could face a jail term of up to three years.
Koh was reported by Bernama as saying that the police would decide tomorrow whether to extend Wong’s detention.
It is likely that Wong’s arrest is linked to a press conference he called earlier today.
At the press conference, Wong (photo) had urged the public to wear black on May 7, to protest the Perak state government takeover by Barisan Nasional which has been seen as undemocratic and unconstitutional.
Wong issued a statement on behalf of Bersih, saying that the protest was aimed at newly-minted Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who is widely credited as the mastermind behind the February power grab.
The Bersih’s campaign slogan “1BlackMalaysia: Democracy first, elections now”, is a play on Najib’s “1Malaysia: People first, performance now” tagline.
May 7 is also the date where BN Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir is convening the Perak state legislative assembly to oust speaker V Sivakumar and pass motions to legitimise his government.
Police have warned both sides from creating unrest when the assembly meets on Thursday.
Meanwhile, police chief Musa Hassan has warned that stern action
“We know there are people planning to disrupt the sitting and have been urging the public to gather illegally.
“I urge supporters of all political parties to not to create trouble and to allow the state legislative to proceed without any untoward incidents” he said.
Musa added that a man had been detained for questioning for allegedly trying to organise illegal gatherings in Perak. It is no clear whether he was referring to Wong.
‘Paint every town, village black‘
In his statement today, Wong said that the 1BlackMalaysia campaign is a peaceful, yet powerful message of “civil disobedience”.
“We want to let them know that people are the politicians’ bosses and no politician can disregard public opinion and escape punishment in the next general election,” he said.
He urged the public to “paint every state, territory, town and village black” with clothes, headbands, hats, turbans, veils, armbands, ribbons and stickers.
“Let us be united in one black colour and let’s show the world that the 1Malaysia under Najib is 1BlackMalaysia living in darkness,” he said.
Bersih is a coalition of opposition parties and NGOs who have been pressuring the authorities to improve election laws and administration.