Activist Jailed: Proof of the Federal Government’s Double-Standards


SHAH ALAM, 22 Dec: The case of a student being jailed yesterday proves that the police and authorities are adopting different attitudes towards political parties, Pakatan Rakyat and Umno-BN.

This can be seen when a pro-Umno-BN activist was left alone when he acted violently towards leaders and supporters of PR however pro-PR activists were punished and imprisoned.

“Is this a deliberate action by the police or is it the Attorney General’s decision not to press charges?

“This is a question that has yet to be answered till now. Why is this matter being delayed?” said AMK Malaysia Chief, Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin.

He said that until now, police have yet to follow-up on the Merdeka Tour Bus paint splashing incident that happened in Malacca and Kota Baru.

In fact, there have been no arrests or charges regarding the fighting incident that took place at Batu 8, Gombak during a PR talk on December 4 that resulted in a PR activist being injured.

However, university student Umar Mohd Azmi, who was an ‘Occupy Dataran’ activist was sentenced to one month in jail and fined RM1,000.

It was reported that the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate Court had sentenced Umar for obstructing Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officers from carrying out their duties during a raid against the student movement in April.

Umar was charged in court on 23 April under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing Mohd Masran Mamat from ‘catch and accompanying’ activist Mohd Fahmi Reza Zarin.

The incident allegedly occurred during a DBKL surprise raid on the tented protest at Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur at 8am on April 22.

Anwar Ibrahim Club Malaysia Vice President, Al-Azadi Aljohari said that the decision to detain Umar is a black tragedy in the young people’s and university students’ struggle in this country.

“Umar Mohd Azmi’s sweat and struggle to see a free education system that can be enjoyed by children of farmers, fishermen, paddy field workers, the middle class, was paid with a prison sentence,” Azadi said in a media statement.

He said that in April 2012, Student activists held an ‘Occupy Dataran’ protest to pressure the government to provide free university education.

He said that young people and university students are the ‘human capital’ of the country and a system to help the growth of the mind should be provided.

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