Kg Hakka folk stage protest

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 7, 2013): Residents of Kampung Hakka and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) representatives staged a peaceful demonstration outside the Bukit Aman police headquarters today to protest against the police whom they claimed used violence to arrest them during a recent standoff with a developer.

PSM secretary-general S. Arutchelvan said the police were already prepared to receive their complaint civilly when they arrived at 3pm.

"We gave our memo to a DSP Rizal. He said he will bring it to the IGP's attention," said Arutchelvan.

"We want Bukit Aman to investigate (the police personnel involved)."

He added that the police also received a copy of a video of the Sept 30 arrest of 12 people, including PSM activists, in Kampung Hakka when some 100 of them had tried to stop the developer from demolishing the century-old village in Mantin, Negri Sembilan.

All were released the same day but one villager was hospitalised for injuries sustained during the scuffle with the police.

The villagers' lawyer has since managed to obtain an interim stay until Oct 17.

Earlier, the group submitted a similar complaint to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam).

"We are asking Suhakam to hold a dialogue between the developer and the people," he said.

Meanwhile, the party will be launching a nationwide campaign to arrest the sky-rocketing prices of housing in conjunction with World Habitat Day, which falls on the first Monday of October.