About eighteen opposition party members were picked up from a coffee shop in Bintulu about 2pm on Saturday in connection with nationwide police crackdown on illegal gathering.

Tonny Ung DAP Bintulu information chief said, he and several opposition party leaders including Krian Assemblyman Ali Biju, Bintulu PKR chief Paul Raja, Bernard Bayang were among those hauled up to Bintulu police one stop center near Medan Jaya.

Kelvin Kilo

“I don’t know the reason why the arrest us,” Tonny said, but adding it could be related to Bersih’s natiownide call for electoral reforms rally in Kuala Lumpur.

According to Janting Antalai, their lawyer – all of them except for Kelvin Kilo was released the same day after their statements were recorded.

Janting said, Kilo was remanded for 24-hours allegedly wearing the banned Bersih 2.0 T-shirt and was also freed on Sunday.

“The police had not pressing any charges against them yet for illegal gathering,” Janting said.

Bintulu police chief Supt. Madang Usat said they were arrested under section 50, Societies Act 1966.

Asked if the police would press any charges against them Madang said: “That’s depend on the facts we are still gathering.”