Police have released 13 Batu Pahat protesters on bail Sunday. A total of 20 men were arrested on Friday. Their act, which was largely seen as a protest to showcase mistrust in government, was filmed and uploaded on social media. The protestors were seen flaring up and raising “Kerajaan Gagal” banners.
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The police today released 13 out of 20 protestors who were arrested over the alleged involvement in a bikers’ protest against the government in Batu Pahat district. Batu Pahat district police chief Ismail Dollah told the press that the thirteen were released at around 11.30 am, while seven others are still under detention.
The video of the incident had gone viral on social media. Those arrested were aged between 16-28. The group, which included around 40 people, allegedly lit up flares and raised banners with the words “kerajaan gagal” (government has failed). They were being investigated under Section 144, Section 269 and Section 505(b) of the Penal Code, Section 8 of the Explosives Act, Rule 17(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Ordinance 2021 (Act 342) and Section 48 of the Road Transport Act.