Police arrested a 37 year-old man in an apartment in Seri Kembangan early Monday morning and found 'seditious' t-shirts.
KUALA LUMPUR: As the countdown for the alleged protest to overthrow the government draws closer, police have begun a clampdown on possible groups, arresting a 37 year-old man in Seri Kembangan early yesterday morning.
In the 2am bust, a group of police officers from Serdang discovered 55 ‘seditious’ t-shirts in the man’s house but police sources reveal that the man arrested was not the main suspect wanted by the cops.
According to the source, the man detained is the housemate of the prime suspect who is currently at large.
“We went to the suspect’s apartment in Taman Lestari Perdana at 2am following a tip-off and when we barged into the house, the man was asleep and his housemate, who is the main man, was not in the house.”
“We found 55 t-shirts with various designs and styles which we felt was seditious. The 37 year-old man is currently being detained for questioning,” the source said.
Among the seized items were 20 Angkatan Pemuda Insaf (API) T-shirts, seven Bersih 3.0 and 4.0 t-shirts, four Peoples Power t-shirts, and various designs with different printed tags.
Over the past week there had been some wild allegations that the New Year celebrations in the city tonight would be turned into a rally to overthrow the government, due to recent price hikes of goods and services.
The Opposition, which had planned a protest tonight, have strongly denied this claim and have said that their protest on New Year’s eve is to tell the government to stop the price hikes.
Hundreds of thousands of Malaysians are expected to converge in Kuala Lumpur later tonight to usher 2014. Celebrations are normally centered around Dataran Merdeka, Bukit Bintang and various other night spots in the federal capital.
Last week, two men were arrested, at separate locations, for allegedly urging the public to topple down the government as prices of goods and services had increased.
The police detained Muhamad Azan Safar, the Gerakan Turun Kos Sara Hidup (Turun) chairman, in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Muhamad has since denied his involvement with the ‘Himpunan Gulingkan Kerajaan’ movement.
The cops had also arrested a 25 year-old unemployed man in Sarawak for allegedly posting a Facebook status, calling for the people to overthrow the government on New Year’s eve.
He has been remanded and is currently being detained in Bukit Aman.