TangkapMO1 rally organisers under investigation


KUALA LUMPUR: Police are investigating the organisers of the Tangkap Malaysian Official 1 (TangkapMO1) rally at Dataran Merdeka last weekend, under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, the Sedition Act 1948 and for threatening parliamentary democracy.

Among those called in for questioning are Rasah DAP MP Teo Kok Seong and PKR Youth Chief Nik Nazmi, alongside TangkapMO1 coalition spokesperson Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof and six other students.

“We have been informed that (the organisers are being investigated) under three charges, that is, threatening parliamentary democracy, flouting the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and the Sedition Act 1948,” Nik Nazmi told reporters outside the Dang Wangi police station today.

“The students showed great bravery in organising the protest for justice due to their dissatisfaction with the scandal that has hit the country. We are disappointed that they have been called in by the police.”

Teo also explained that he was called in for his speech during the rally at Masjid Negara and was summoned under Section 112 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

He said he personally did not actually know the organisers of the rally at the time.

“Being called in today has given me the opportunity to really get to know these young people who wish to voice their hopes and visions for the country.

“I hope the police will not take action against the students who have organised the event. The event was held peacefully.”

The rally was held to pressure authorities to arrest the figure named as “Malaysian Official 1” by the US Department of Justice in its civil lawsuits related to 1MDB.

The Kuala Lumpur City Hall had denied the organisers permission to gather at Dataran Merdeka. The police had declared the rally as illegal because the notice to the police under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 was declared not valid since no permission was given by the venue owner.

The rally saw more than 1,000 people gather around Dataran Merdeka. The rally ended peacefully.