Mohd Ali Baharom, or Ali Tinju, has been arrested, and freed on bail following his threat against Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah.
Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said there was no basis in claims that the police practised double standards in acting against the Gerakan Merah leader.
“That’s why I said, people should stop making statements if they don’t know a thing about it.
“We have arrested Ali Tinju and released him on bail. We took the same actions we did against (Jelutong MP) Jeff Ooi. There are no double standards,” he said, referring to Ooi who was recently probed over his “adios” tweet following the death of PAS spiritual leader Haron Din.
Khalid was speaking to reporters after officiating the 1Aman week at the Putra International Convention Centre this morning.
According to Khalid, Ali was “swift” in responding to police’s demand to question him.
“I called him to come at 8.30am and he reached before that. Then he surrendered and we arrested him, recorded his statement and released him on bail.”
He did not however, specify when Ali was arrested and freed on bail.
Meanwhile, Khalid vowed to not let “any confrontations” take place between the Bersih crowd and the Red Shirts movement, led by Jamal Yunos.
Khalid said this in response to Jamal’s pledge to organise a rally to counter Bersih 5 on November 19.
“Whatever it is, we will have to see their (Red Shirts) application first. We will take the appropriate action when the time comes,” he said, reminding those who would like to organise public assemblies, to file their applications 10 days before the date set for the gathering.
This is to allow the police to plan and facilitate the gathering, he added.
He stressed however, that any public gathering aimed at toppling the country’s leader, will not be allowed.
Among the demands in the upcoming Bersih 5 rally is to seek the removal of Prime Minister Najib Razak from Putrajaya.
Tarrence Tan@FMT Reporters Online