Bersih supporters nabbed for waging war against King
KUALA LUMPUR, June 26 — The police said today they are probing an alleged attempt by some Bersih activists to revive communism, and are investigating 30 Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) members, including Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jayakumar for “waging war against the Yang DiPertuan Agong.”
Deputy Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar was quoted by Astro Awani as saying today that remand orders would be applied for to detain the 30 activists under Section 122 of the Penal Code.
The law was used to prosecute militant terrorist group Al Ma’unah who were involved in an audacious arms heist at an army camp in 2000 and a tense stand-off in the jungles of Perak in 2000.
Under Section 122 of the Penal Code, “Whoever collects or attempts to collect men, arms or ammunition, or otherwise prepares to wage war with the intention of either waging or being prepared to wage war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or any of the Rulers or the Yang di-Pertua Negeri or abets the waging or the preparation of such war, shall be punished with imprisonment for life or imprisonment for a term not exceeding twenty years, and shall also be liable to fine.”
It is understood that the 30 activists were detained at the Sungai Dua toll plaza near Kepala Batas in Penang while on their way to attend a gathering in support of the Bersih rally planned for July 9.
Abdul Rahim said in Penang today that it was believed that the group was also trying to revive the communist ideology.
It is understood that this was based on the seizure of paraphernalia including T-Shirts bearing the images of former Communist fighters Chin Peng and Rashid Maidin.
Al Ma’unah leader Mohamed Amin Mohamed Razali led a band of 29 men on a mission to overthrow the government.
The group dressed up in uniforms of senior army officers and claimed to be making a surprise inspection of the 304th Rejimen Askar Wataniah camp at the Temenggor Dam in Gerik,Perak.
The group tricked their way in and raided the armouries.
Mohamed Amin and his group were brought to trial for charges of “waging war against the King”, and became the first people convicted of such an offence in.
Mohamed Amin and two others were sentenced to death. Sixteen others were given life sentences.
Mohamed Amin was hanged at the Sungai Buloh prison in Selangor on August 4, 2006. Three other members were hanged a week earlier.
The government has said it will not issue permits for Bersih’s planned rally on July 9 to demand free and fair elections.