KUALA LUMPUR: Police have arrested 29 people over a protest rally in front of the Sogo shopping centre on Saturday.
The detainees are being held at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters in Jalan Hang Tuah and face charges under Section 143 of the Penal Code for taking part in an unlawful assembly. The offence carries a maximum jail sentence of 20 years.
They are also being investigated for allegedly taking part in "activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy", said police.
KL police chief Comm Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa said a total of 23 men and six women were arrested.
"Those that were arrested will be brought to court to be remanded to facilitate investigations. The police acted professionally and in accordance with the law in dealing with the rally," he said in a statement.
Chaos unfolded after police began arresting participants moments after the rally began in front of the Sogo shopping centre at 2pm.
Teja assemblyman Chang Lih Kang and Simpang Pulai assemblyman Tan Kar Hing were among those arrested.