Posted: 22 May 2013 11:51 PM PDT
DAP Member of Parliament for the Kulai constituency in Johor, Teo Nie Ching, told Yahoo! Singapore late on Tuesday that so far eight of those arrested in Singapore for protesting the recent election results have contacted her seeking help.
The DAP is one of the opposition parties under the Pakatan Rakyat coalition led by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
Teo, who is also the DAP’s assistant publicity secretary, said the party was “very concerned” for the 21 Malaysians but added it was too early to tell if efforts to have a dialogue with Singapore authorities will prove successful.
The DAP, she said, will also help to look for lawyers in Singapore to represent those arrested if “they are indeed charged in court.” Singapore police have said investigations are on-going.(More......)
Posted: 22 May 2013 11:49 PM PDT
21 Malaysian participants at the 'Blackout' gatherings in Singapore were arrested on 11 May 2013. Thereafter, 1 employment pass and 2 visit passes were revoked while the other 18 have received conditional warnings from the Singapore Government.
For those whose visit passes were revoked, they are now back in Malaysia and I met up with one of them last Friday (17 May).
As for the Malaysian whose employment pass was revoked, the reason given by the authorities was that she had participated in two gatherings on 8 May and 11 May at Merlion Park. However, she denied that she had participated in the 508 (8 May) gathering. As such, it is grossly unfair for the Singapore Government to revoke her employment pass. As she was denied her right to legal representation during the police interrogation, I fear that she may have been misunderstood. I therefore urge the Singapore police to review her case if she had indeed participated in both gatherings and if she did not, her employment pass should be reinstated immediately.
The revocation of her employment pass has a severe impact on her future, as she is a scholarhip holder. Under the scholarship agreement, she has an obligation to serve her employer for 6 years upon completion of her three years of studies. Having her employment pass revoked means she won't be able to fulfill her contract and as such, she will have to pay S$100,000 to her employer as compensation.
It was also reported that Singapore police arrested 9 Malaysians for participating in the 508 gathering. However, it has come to my knowledge that the investigation has gone beyond those 9 Malaysians who were arrested on 8 May. Many others who attended the 508 gathering have been called and taken in by the police for investigation.
I also found out from those who have contacted me that they are not allowed to leave Singapore until the investigation is completed. This has caused difficulties for some of them because among them are a few who travel daily from Johor Bahru to Singapore for work. They have had no choice but to stay in hotels for the time being.
I also found out from those contacted me that: -
a) for those arrested on 11 May, they were handcuffed when they were bought back to the police station even though it is provided under Section 76 of Singapore Criminal Procedure Code that: -
"SECTION 76: No unnecessary restraint
76. The person arrested must not be restrained more than is necessary to prevent his escape."(More......)
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