Friday, 22 June 2007

[Protest Letter] Protest of 2 activists arrested at demonstration in Johor Bahru

The Police arrested 2 activists from Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) Johor Bahru branch who were attended a demonstration in front of Menteri Besar's residence, Johor Bahru this morning. The demonstration was calling for MB's attention and action on the rising crime rates in Johor Bahru.

The two activists are Nyam Kee Han and See Siew Min. Nyam Kee Han is currently being put into lock up at IPD Johor Bahru while See Siew Min is detain in Balai Polis.

Suaram consistently calls for immediate setting up of the Independent Police Complaint and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), as recommended by the Royal Commission on police reform.

Suaram condemns strongly the arbitrary arrest of the activists. The police of Johor Bahru is wasting public monies in intimidating activists instead of doing their job of busting the crimes.

The Federal Constitution of Malaysia and international Human Rights law enshrine freedom of assembly, the arbitrary arrests by police is clearly an abuse of power and an intimidation to activists who tried to expose the slack attitude of the police force in resolving crimes.

We call on the police to immediately and unconditionally release the 2 arrested activists.


Background

A group of Johor Bahru's residents today on their own initiative organized a demonstration in front of the residence of Johor Menteri Besar. They call for the attention of the MB to take action to reduce the crime rates in JB.

The two activists attended in support of the residents and at the same time intended to distribut a flyer calling for the setting up of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC). However the crowd had been dispersed by the police before they had chance to distribute the flyer.


When the demonstration ends, the police suddenly arrested the two activists.


Action needed please state your protest letter(sample attached) against the arrest of the 2 activists via faxes or phone calls to the following:

OCPD: ACP Safie bin Ismail

IPD Johor Bahru (Selatan)

Ibupejabat Polis Daerah Johor Bahru

Polis Diraja Malaysia

JKR No.489, Jalan Meldrum, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor

Tel: 07-2232222-27

Fax: 07-2246925

BEBASKAN DENGAN SEGERA 2 AKTIVIS YANG DITAHAN DAN DILOKAP!!

Kami daripada _________________________________________ membantah tindakan pihak polis IPD Johor Bahru Selatan yang menahan dan seterusnya lokapkan 2 orang aktivis dari Suara Rakyat Malaysia secara haram dengan alasan menyertai perhimpunan haram dan mempunyai bahan hasutan.

Dua orang yang ditangkap secara haram tersebut adalah Nyam Kee Han dan See Siew Min. Mereka cuma menunjukan keprihatinan mereka terhadap keadaan keselamatan sosial di Negeri Johor khasnya Daerah Johor Bahru yang semakin teruk dan mengancam keamanan masyarakat.

Apa rasionalnya pihak polis menahan orang yang prihatin terhadap keselamatan dan keamanan masyarakat sedangkan begitu banyak kes jenayah yang tidak diselesaikan oleh pihak polis dengan alasan tidak cukup anggota polis.


Oleh yang demikian, kami mendesak semua yang ditahan dibebaskan dengan serta-merta dan tanpa syarat.



Yang Benar,


____________________

For details please call Moon Hui 012 7209981

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