SHAH ALAM: Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos has been remanded for three days following his beer-smashing antics outside the Selangor state secretariat building.
Magistrates P. Sarulatha granted the remand order to the police against Jamal and seven others at 12.45pm at the Shah Alam court complex here.
They are being investigated under Section 143 of the Penal Code for unlawful assembly and Section 268 for public nuisance.
Counsel Khairul Anuar Kashim, who represented Jamal and the rest, said his clients were picked up by the police in the wee hours of Friday while dining at a restaurant after a meeting in Sekinchan, Sabak Bernam.
He said the seven who were arrested were not Jamal’s supporters, but were his driver, bodyguards and staff members.
Earlier at the courthouse verandah, Jamal gave a brief press conference to the media in his handcuffs, moments before he was brought in to the magistrate’s court to be remanded.
”My friends and I who are arrested might end up being charged and thrown in jail but we don’t care. The fight against beer festivals will go on.
”Our arrest today does not even deter our determination to see beer festivals banned in Selangor,” he said.
On Thursday, the Shah Alam police received complaints from security guards following Jamal’s protest outside the Selangor state secretariat building over the cancelled Better Beer Festival 2017.
Jamal had arrived at about 10am, with some 20 supporters and a pickup truck filled with crates of beer, only to find the gates closed.
He then proceeded to smash several crates of beer with a sledgehammer outside the gates.
After destroying the crates, Jamal and his group ignored calls by a security officer to clear the broken bottles outside the gate.
“We do not sanction his actions,” said the Deputy Prime Minister at a press conference here on Friday.
Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Umno acting deputy president, was referring to Jamal’s antics outside the Selangor state secretariat building on Thursday.
He said that Jamal was also the chairman of other NGOs, apart from his role as Sungai Besar Umno division chief.
Jamal had arrived at the Selangor state secretariat building at about 10am on Thursday, with some 20 supporters and a pickup truck filled with crates of beer, only to find the gates closed.
The Red Shirts leader then proceeded to smash several crates of beer with a sledgehammer outside the gates.
Jamal was arrested together with seven other individuals early Friday.