By Charles Ramendran
KUALA LUMPUR (May 6, 2009) : PAS vice-president Mohamad Sabu was detained today for inciting the public and party supporters to assemble in Ipoh in conjunction with the Perak State Legislative Assembly sitting today, as police moved to ensure public order was kept.
Bernama quoted Perak police chief Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah as saying Mohamad Sabu was detained at a restaurant in Jalan Pahang at 3.15pm by a police team in civilian clothes.
Meanwhile, political writer and activist Wong Chin Huat who was arrested under the Seditiion Act by federal police on Tuesday for allegedly calling for a nationwide protest against the Perak assembly sitting was yesterday remanded until tomorrow. He had allegedly called for the people to practice "civil disobedience" and to wear black as a sign of protest of the Barisan Nasional's takeover of the state government.
Federal Commercial Crimes Investigations Department director Comm Datuk Koh Hong Sun, when contacted, declined to comment except to say a remand order has been issued against Wong till May 8.
In Ipoh, the district police headquarters obtained a court order to prevent any assembly today near the Bangunan Perak Darul Ridzuan where the legislative assembly hall is located. The order was obtained from the Ipoh magistrate's court under Section 98 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
Zulkifli said the application to the court was made following the call from several political parties to the public to assemble in the vicinity of the Bangunan Perak Darul Ridzuan today as published in the blogs and media.
He said this followed the press statement on May 4 that the police had not received any request from any political party to hold an assembly or ceramah in the vicinity of the area.
The order stated that any gathering or assembly within the compound of the Bangunan Perak Darul Ridzuan, Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, and its vicinity was prohibited.
Police will take action against members of the public or individuals who try to create trouble while the State Assembly sitting is in progress, he said.
Today, road blocks were put up by the police in the afternoon at certain roads.
In another development, three political activists who went along with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) supreme council member Badrul Hisham Shahrin to the prime minister's office in Putrajaya to hand over a cake apparently to mark the birthday of dead Mongolian national Altantuya Shaaribuu today were detained by police.
The three detained activists were identified as Sani Md Shah, Saufi Mihat and Yasir Sheikh.
Kuala Lumpur CID chief SAC II Datuk Ku Chin Wah said the three men were detained for obstructing and defying police orders while Badrul was summoned to have his statement recorded. As at 7pm, the three activists were still held at the Putrajaya police station.