Sunday, 1 February 2015

SSKM volunteers detained at Tuaran police station

They were reportedly picked up at the tamu (fair) grounds for distributing petitions for signature.

TUARAN: Several Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia (SSKM) volunteers arrested and detained at the Tuaran Police Station this afternoon have been released after their statements were recorded, according to eye-witnesses at the scene who uploaded an update in Whatsapp.

The exact number could not be immediately determined.

It’s not known whether they will face any charges.

Earlier, the arrests and detention went viral in the social media, especially Whatsapp and Facebook which has pictures uploaded.

Apparently, they were picked up at the tamu (fair) grounds while handing out petitions for signature.
There was some kind of stand-off outside the gates of the police station, according to these reports, “and riot police were mobilised to block the entrance”.

Sabah Progressive Party President Yong Teck Lee and Tamparuli Assemblyman Wilfred Bumburing, along with SSKM supporters and members of the public, milled outside the gate. The two leaders apparently wanted to enter the police station to try and intervene on behalf of those detained.

UK-based Doris Jones, the chairperson of Sabah Sarawak Union (UK), the NGO behind the SSKM movement, said in a Facebook posting in an immediate reaction that she “will deal with this matter with NGOs in Sabah”.

“I am still waiting for the result or conclusion from the authority,” she added. “I have no further comments at this moment.

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