7 MAY 2012
Tan Hong Kai, SUARAM Intern who was arrested on 20 April 2012 for allegedly trespassing while putting up BERSIH 3.0 (Coalition for Clean and Fair Election) posters in USM (University Science Malaysia) has been charged today (7 May 2012) at the Penang Magistrate court for criminal trespassing. The mention of the case will be heard on 8 Jun 2012.
Tan Hong Kai, the first to be detained by the police since BERSIH 3.0 announced the sit and protest for Free and Fair election on 28th April 2012. He was detained at Sungai Nibong police station on 20th April, since 415am. He has been released around 5pm on the same day.
We call up on the AG to withdraw the charge against Tan Hong Kai immediately! We would like to remind you that freedom of expression is guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
Executive Director of SUARAM