Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Police pulled me 'like a cow': Kelantan sultanah

The Kelantan Sultan's consort Tengku Anis Tengku Abdul Hamid claims that she has sought refuge at the Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital (HUSM) in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan since last night to evade police arrest and to be by the side of her husband, reports the Malay Mail.

NONEThis follows a dramatic operation yesterday by police and members of the Special Action Unit (UTK) that saw the detention of her youngest son, Tengku Muhd Fakhry Petra, a number of bodyguards, two doctors and a physiotherapist.

According to the Malay Mail, Tengku Anis also alleged that the Kelantan Sultan, Tuanku Ismail Petra, was being held against his will at HUSM and that the police had ignored his orders to take him back to the palace.

Tengku Anis said she had spent most of the night 'on the floor' outside the royal ward at HUSM though she was later able to enter the ward and lock herself in.

Recounting the ordeal she experienced yesterday, Tengku Anis told the Malay Mail that she had been abused by the police who pulled her 'like a cow' to get her to come with them to the police station.

NONEHeavily-armed members of the UTK in balaclavas stopped their convoy soon after it had left the royal palace in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, en route to the airport in Pengkalan Chepa, she said.

They had earlier been prevented from flying to Singapore for the Kelantan ruler's (extreme right in pix) medical treatment.

"We were all so frightened when the police confronted us," said Tengku Anis. "UTK personnel stormed our car and forcibly tried to remove my husband, which resulted in a scuffle.

"My husband kept telling me that he wanted to return to the palace, but they (police) whisked him away to HUSM.

"They dragged me out of the vehicle and pushed me all over the place, including at the hospital, when they shoved me into the lift as my husband was being taken to the ward."

Fakhry also in the dark

Tengku Anis said she had spent the subsequent on the floor outside the royal ward.

"They would not allow me to be with my husband despite my pleas that I feared for his safety. "Furthermore, if I left the hospital, they said they would arrest me," said Tengku Anis.

NONEAsked why police wanted to quiz her, she said: "I don't know...I just don't know," the report read further.

Tengku Fakhry (right), meanwhile, was said to also be in the dark as to why he had been held by the police.

He said he had given information to the police and was at the station for more than four hours but was never told why he was detained.

He said he was asked about the press conference he gave earlier that day regarding his intention to take the sultan, Tuanku Ismail, to the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

Besides Tengku Fakhry, said the Malay Mail, police also detained the sultan's two doctors, a physiotherapist and eight bodyguards. Till lunch time today, they were still at the police station.

The paper identified the doctors as Kolonel Dr Mohamed Razin Kamarulzaman and Dr Lim Choon Hai, and a physiotherapist by the name of Roslin Ngah.

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