MP released on bail following arrest over ‘Kita Lawan’ rally

MP released on bail following arrest over ‘Kita Lawan’ rally
Election rivals Khalid Samad (left), from Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), and Zulkifli Noordin, from Umno, shaking hands at the nomination day at Dewan Besar Sri Tanjong in Shah Alam.

KUALA LUMPUR - Shah Alam PAS MP Khalid Samad has been released on bail while Jingga 13 movement coordinator Faris Musa is being held until today over their involvement in the #KitaLawan rally, police said.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar defended the dragnet of arrests of Opposition politicians over the protests.

He said the police felt the rallies were inciting people to "disrespect the country's laws and Federal Constitution".

"Just because the decision of the courts does not side with certain parties, it doesn't give them the freedom to incite.

"We respect freedom of speech. But to show disrespect for our system based on the law, that we cannot compromise on," he told a press conference after attending the 22nd Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation annual general meeting.

Khalid Samad, a central PAS committee member, was picked up at his home at 3.20am yesterday, while Faris was arrested shortly after Saturday's rally in Jalan Ampang.

Khalid was released yesterday evening, while Faris will likely be released today.

Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Zainuddin Ahmad said PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu and PKR vice-president Tian Chua, who were arrested on Saturday and yesterday respectively, were released yesterday after being questioned on the rally.

Khalid had earlier warned that the pro-Opposition rally would not be allowed to assemble anywhere and hinted at massive crackdowns should they continue.

"These rallies need to be stopped. This country has laws.

"If they choose not to follow them, then they will see for themselves," he added.

The protests have been staged weekly since February after Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was sentenced to five years in jail by the Federal Court for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

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