KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — Umno division chief Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos was arrested today upon landing at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, believed to be over altercations between his “Red Shirts” and Bersih 2.0.
Police had sought Jamal over an incident in which individuals believed to be his supporters were recorded attacking Bersih 2.0 members in Sabak Bernam.
His lawyers previously claimed that police had agreed to wait for the Umno leader meet with them after he returned from Dubai.
“I have been arrested by police from Bukit Aman. Upon arrival from abroad. And now on my way to the Dang Wangi district police headquarters,” Jamal wrote in a message to supporters.
His lawyers also claimed previously that Jamal was only “assisting” in the investigation into the incident, and not wanted by the police.
Jamal, who is the Sungai Besar Umno division chief, and his “Red Shirts” gathered in Sabak Bernam on October 8 to stop the Bersih convoy from making their nationwide tour ahead of the November 19 rally.
While he was in Dubai, further altercations continued as individuals believed to be part of the “Red Shirts” movement continued to hound the electoral reform group on its roadshow.
The most recent was during the weekend when suspected “Red Shirts” assaulted a group of journalists who were covering the Bersih convoy. Three people were arrested for criminal intimidation, but have since been released.
Jamal later apologised for the incident, but insisted that the attacks on the media were not intentional.
The Umno leader also had his Facebook page blocked by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), believed to be over a post alluding to the May 13, 1969 racial riots.
Jamal had initially disavowed the page, before going on to claim that “his” page in question had been restricted by the authorities.