9 held at protest against demolition of illegal houses


KUALA LUMPUR: Police detained nine men during a protest to prevent the demolition of several houses erected on government land near Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport Mosque in Subang, near here, today.

Petaling Jaya district police chief ACP Mohd Zani Che Din said all those detained, aged 25 to 45 years, were residents and activists from a political party.

He said police and personnel from the Selangor Land and Mines Office, Shah Alam City Council and Tenaga Nasional Berhad went to the site to demolish the structures about 8.30am after getting a court order.

“The demolition operation was carried out after it was postponed several times.

“It began with the cutting of water and electricity supply by the utility companies,” Zani said in a statement, today.

The occupants’ belongings were removed before the demolition was carried out.

“There were no injuries sustained by the enforcement teams or protesters,” he said.

The case was being investigated under Section 186 of the Penal Code for voluntarily obstructing public servants from discharging their duties, he added.