Traffic along Jalan Ipoh and Jalan Tun Razak here was reduced to a crawl for almost two hours since 11am today when an illegal gathering took place in from of the MIC’s headquarters.

Dang Wangi police chief ACP Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman said the gathering of more than 100 individuals, led by several leaders from DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), had started at a private hospital in Jalan Rahmat before proceeding to the MIC building.

He said to prevent the situation from getting out of hand, police had to mobilise the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU).

“The FRU managed to control the situation and no arrests were made,” he told reporters.

He said police also confiscated several banners and dispersed the assembly around 1pm.

The protestors were unhappy over claims that MIC’s Maika Holdings planned to buy over land in Kg Buah Pala in Penang. Kg Buah Pala is an Indian settlement and its residents are facing eviction to make way for development.

Among the DAP and PKR leaders involved were DAP Vice-Chairman M Kula Segaran, DAP Deputy Secretary-General Prof P Ramasamy, who is also Penang Deputy Chief Minister II, PKR Vice-President R. Sivarasan and Klang Member of Parliament P S. Manikavasagam. — BERNAMA