Cops release PSM leader after Raja Permaisuri Agong, gov’t leaders’ criticism

Cops release PSM leader after Raja Permaisuri Agong, gov’t leaders’ criticism

PUCHONG: The police decided to abandon their plan to seek remand to detain Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) youth chief Khalid Ismath and released him on police bail.

This came after the police received widespread condemnation from government backbenchers, non-governmental organisations (NGO) and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah herself.

Fellow PSM leader Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul confirmed Khalid’s release from the Dang Wangi district police headquarters at 12.15pm today.

“The police will not proceed with their plan to remand Khalid and will instead record his statement to facilitate the investigation.

“We are always ready to cooperate and provide statements to the police without the need for arrests, which only consumes time and police resources,” Nik Aziz said in a statement.

The police detained Khalid last night at his home in Klang under the Sedition Act 1948. He was alleged to have posted critical comments against Tunku Azizah on Twitter.

The action courted flak from NGOs and government leaders, who reminded the police that there is a moratorium on Sedition Act until the government repeals it.

Tunku Azizah also gave an earful to the police over their actions via Twitter, adding she had instructed the Palace to take necessary steps to remedy the matter.

On Tunku Azizah’s comment, Nik Aziz said he was grateful to the Raja Permaisuri Agong for her swift action on the matter.

“We thank Raja Permaisuri Agong for her concerns and prompt response to defuse the misunderstanding,” he said.

Nik Aziz also thanked friends, NGOs and activists who have stood in solidarity with Khalid through the night.

He also reiterated PSM’s disapproval against the Sedition Act and called on the government to expedite its abolition.