Monday, May 11, 2009

PERAK CRISIS: Sivakumar accuses cops of tresspass and assault

2009/05/08

PERAK CRISIS: Sivakumar accuses cops of tresspass and assault
IPOH, Fri:

Tronoh assemblyman V. Sivakumar, maintaining that he is the rightful Perak Speaker, is asking the police to investigate their own kind for trespassing into the state assembly and assaulting him. A group of policemen, uniformed and in plainclothes, entered the House without his knowledge or permission as the speaker at about 2.30pm, he said in a police report lodged at the Ipoh district police station here today.

He claimes that the men, together with suspected gangsters who also had no passes, charged at him and acted violently against him while he was still seated in the speaker's chair.

"I tried my best to warn them not to act violently or to stop me from performing my duty, but the men strangled me and dragged me across the floor, forcibly removing me from the State Assembly," he said.

"I was also kept against his will at a nearby room for over an hour, Sivakumar said.

He also claimed that several state assemblymen were injured and their ceremonial attire torn during the acts of violence by "irresponsible parties".

When furnishing names of the victims of the aggression, Sivakumar only mentioned Pakatan Rakyat assemblymen, including Pasir Pinji assemblyman Thomas Su Keong Siong, Pasir Bedamar assemblyman Seah Leong Peng, Teja assemblyman Chang Lih Kang, Simpang Pulai assemblyman Chan Ming Kai and Canning assemblyman Wong Kah Woh.

Sivakumar also alleged that deputy speaker Hee Yit Foong used a pepper spray against Aulong assemblyman Yew Tian Hoe, saying that Yew was injured by her actions and that the incident was broadcasted on national television during the evening news.

Police should take immediate action against those who breached Section 124 and 323 of the Penal Code, for assaulting a member of the state legislative assembly to restrain him from exercising his lawful powers, and for voluntarily causing hurt, respectively, he said.

In his report, Sivakumar also said he did not convene the meeting as his order for 10 state assemblymen to leave the House had yet to be obeyed.

"So they were making a ruckus in the House to table a motion, even though the assembly meeting had yet to begin," he said

http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Friday/Frontpage/20090508161309/Article/index_html

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