Red shirts' Jamal released from police station

Red shirts' Jamal released from police station
Jamal (centre, in black shirt and cap) was all smiles after his release from police custody.
PHOTO: The Star

KUALA LUMPUR - Sungai Besar Umno chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunos has been released from the Dang Wangi police station , a day after he was arrested.

Police did not seek a remand for Jamal, who was picked up for making threats of a race-fuelled riot in Petaling Street.

Jamal blamed the media for blowing his statements "out of proportion" resulting in him ending up in the police lock-up.

"Only a part of my statements were taken and blown out proportion," he said.

Jamal said he had from the start been trying to help the police to be the "middle man" between the rioters in Petaling Street and the authorities during the Sept 16 Red Shirt rally.

"I want to warn the media which reported inaccurately that they will face the brunt of the law and from me.

"I will make a police report on allegations that I was the one who organised the rally that was supposed to be held (yesterday)."

City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Zainuddin Ahmad confirmed Jamal's release.

Jamal was detained at the Ampang Jaya police station at 9pm on Friday and released at 8.30pm last night.

He was arrested under Section 105 of the Criminal Procedure Code to prevent a crime from occurring.

It was reported that Jamal had announced that a rally and possible riot would occur in the popular tourist destination, if the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry failed to act on complaints of illegal traders and fake good.

Later, he distanced himself from the planned rally.

When asked if he would continue to push for action against Petaling Street traders, Jamal said he would "let sleeping dogs lie".

"To me, Petaling Street is no more an issue. I have done my duty and its up to the authorities."

Mohd Ali Baharom or better known as Ali Tinju had earlier yesterday distanced himself from Jamal, saying that he was not with the red shirts but with the 'Gerakan Merah' (Red Movement).

"Jamal was the one who said there might be a riot.

"You should call him and ask why he said that.

"The Red Movement did not say that at all," he told The Star.

On Friday, Mohd Ali said the planned second red shirt rally in Petaling Street was cancelled on the advice of the authorities.

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