Cops to investigate Sogo rally

The crowd protesting Muhyiddin Yassin’s appointment as prime minister outside the Sogo shopping centre in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have opened investigation papers into yesterday’s rally at the Sogo shopping centre here, attended by activists Marina Mahathir and Ambiga Sreenevasan, among others.

“We got wind of what happened, and we are investigating,” Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said in a press conference at Bukit Aman today.

He added that Federal Criminal Investigation Department director Huzir Mohamed had further details on the matter.

When questioned, Huzir said the investigation papers were opened yesterday following a police report lodged on the matter.

When asked if Marina and Ambiga would be called to Bukit Aman for questioning, he said: “I don’t know. We are listing down who was there yesterday.”

He added that lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri would be called for questioning tomorrow.

“She has been informed,” he said, adding that she would be probed under the Peaceful Assembly Act as well as the Sedition Act.

“She (Fadiah) said democracy was dead,” he told reporters.

Fadiah, who said in a Twitter post on March 1 that she had been singled out after the rally at Dataran Merdeka, is also being investigated for the improper use of network facilities.

She said she was being investigated under Section 4 (1)(a) of the Sedition Act and Section 233 (1) of the Communications and Multimedia Act.

Earlier, Hamid said Fadiah would be questioned before the investigation papers are sent to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

“The AGC will decide if there are any charges against her,” he said.

On the assault of PKR’s Tian Chua which took place in front of the party’s headquarters yesterday, he said investigations are ongoing, and that the suspect would be called to give a statement.

“It will be sent to the AGC to decide under which section the suspect will be charged.”