Cops summon two DAP MPs over ‘event’ last year

By Opalyn Mok
Batu Kawan MP Kasthuriraani Patto says she will be accompanied by lawyer RSN Rayer to the police station. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

GEORGE TOWN, April 12 – State police have directed two DAP parliamentarians to give their statements over an event held exactly a year ago.

Batu Kawan MP Kasthuriraani Patto and Bukit Mertajam counterpart Steven Sim both received letters directing them to do so, but neither was informed of their interviews' purpose.

“I've called RSN Rayer, who will be representing me, and he will accompany me to the police station,” Kasthuriraani said when contacted this morning. Lawyer Rayer is also the state representative for Seri Delima.

Kasthuriraani said she will give her statement at the Northeast district police headquarters here today.

She told Malay Mail Online the police sent her a letter on March 30 to have her statement recorded.

“It did not state for which issue, except that it's regarding an event last year,” she said.

Sim also received a similar letter from the police, and said he will go with his lawyer, Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh, on Thursday.

He said the letter was vague and did not state what issue was being investigated.

“It only said it's regarding an event at Caring Society Complex on April 12 last year,” he said.

After Kasthuriraani's statement was recorded between 10am and 11am, Rayer told reporters she was only asked to assist the investigation into the Forum Deklarasi Rakyat “Suara Anak Muda #Selamatkan Malaysia” event.

“The investigation was after a police report was lodged against the event and we were made to understand that the investigations are under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012,” he said.

Kasthuriraani said she was a panellist at the forum.

Northeast District Police chief ACP Mior Faridalathrash later confirmed that the investigating officer recorded the statement for an investigations under Section 9(5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act.