This message below is released by Nalini.E, SUARAM Coordinator:
Two JERIT activists who have been arrested by the police in Taiping yesterday were released on police bail about 5.40pm. Those were Yong Chat Wah and Ooi Choon Nam, both 22. They were arrested for leafleting the JERIT bicycle campaign leaflet.
While, 6 others including MP Sungai Siput Dr. Jayakumar Devaraj were released by the IPD Kuala Kangsar on police bail at about 7.45pm and told to report back to the police station on Dec 23. They were for questioning the police who was taking Identity Cards from the cyclists.
We thank all for your kind attention. We also would like to urge all the concern civil societies to continuously send protest letter to the Inspector General of Police to stop the intimidation against the cyclist and the activists in Malaysia.
The Released are:
1. Ooi Choon Nam (IPD Taiping)
2. Yong Chat Wah (IPD Taiping)
3. Dr. Jayakumar Devaraj (IPD Kuala Kangsar)
4. Rani Rasiah (IPD Kuala Kangsar)
5. Jothi (IPD Kuala Kangsar)
6. Sugumaran (IPD Kuala Kangsar)
7. Karthik (IPD Kuala Kangsar)
8. S Vasu Rao, 49.
JERIT or Oppressed People’s Movement is organizing a cycling campaign throughout the nation to put forward six demands to the Prime Minister of Malaysia. The campaign officially began on the 3rd December at Wisma Darul Aman Kedah. 50 cyclists have been flagged off from Wisma Darul Aman and they would cycle for sixteen days through Kedah, Penang, Perak, and Selangor. On 18th December they will handover a memorandum to the Prime Minister in Parliament.
4 December: A volunteer of the campaign, Ruben s/o Loganathan has been arrested at Merbau Pulas, Kedah, for leafleting leaflets containing demands of JERIT’s Bicycle campaign, but released under police bail on the same day.
5 December: Teluk Kumbar police had stopped the cyclist of JERIT cycle campaign from leafleting in Teluk Kumbar, Penang.
6 December: 16 Activist has been arrested in Skudai Johor.
9 December: 8 individuals have been arrested on the seventh day of the JERIT cycle campaign. One of the female JERIT activists, Helen Mary Johnson has been molested and punched on the face by a police officer while she was taking photographs. Another JERIT activist Lee Huat Seng’s Lee Huat Seng’s camera was confisticated and in the process the police hurt him in the arm.