We will answer police in court, say PKR MPs

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PETALING JAYA: PKR MPs Nurul Izzah, Johari Abdul and Rafizi Ramli, along with poet and activist Samad Said, have chosen to answer the police’s questions regarding Bersih 5 in court.

The four were summoned to the Sentul police headquarters today to aid police investigations into the Bersih 5 rally on Nov 19.

According to Johari, who is the PKR chief whip and MP for Sungai Petani, they were questioned on their involvement in the Bersih 5 rally.

“They asked us many questions, revolving around Bersih and our involvement in Bersih 5. Basically, the four of us have chosen to answer them in court,” Johari told reporters.

Johari said any further police action would ultimately be up to the Attorney-General.

“They may send our statements to the AG (Attorney-General), and the AG will decide if there’s a case,” he said.

However, Rafizi said any such action by the Attorney-General would be done “at their own peril”, adding that public sentiment would not be on the latter’s side as Red Shirts leader Jamal Yunos has yet to be charged.

“Any action ending with charges in court will be seen as a political action because Jamal and his friends have not been punished. I think that the Attorney-General will have to consider this as best he can.

“The public opinion is not going to be on their side if anyone who participated in Bersih is charged in court,” Rafizi said.

Samad said he was honoured his poems had become weapons, and that the police saw his poems as threats.

“All I did during the Bersih rallies was to read poems upholding basic rights. But even that was seen as a threat.

“I am proud that I have raised literature to a threatening level.”