SHAH ALAM: Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos’ arrest shows that rule of law exists in Malaysia, said Tan Sri Noh Omar (pic).
The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister said anyone who is arrested should not be seen as guilty until proven in court.
“Let the police and the courts prove and decide if he is guilty. Even if he has been arrested and remanded, it does not mean that he has done wrong.
“We should let the legal process take place and I wish to reiterate that the principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ must be upheld,” he said at a press conference after a working visit to the Section 16 wet market here Sunday.
Police arrested Jamal on Thursday while nine of his friends were arrested Wednesday night to assist in investigations into a theft that allegedly took place at an entertainment outlet in Ampang, one of several establishments that the Red Shirts had “raided” to expose supposed illegal activities.
One of the owners of the premises claimed that several items went missing after Jamal and his group had raided the outlet.
Jamal, who is also Sungai Besar Umno division chief, has been remanded for five days since Friday.
He and his friends are being investigated under Section 395 of the Penal Code for gang robbery.
Meanwhile, Noh said the ministry is finalising the guidelines to implement “Pasar Sejahtera (prosperity market)” that local councils will adopt while upgrading existing wet markets or building new ones.
“Under the Pasar Sejahtera concept, wet markets will not only sell fresh food and groceries but also have shops offering various goods as well as restaurants.
“The markets will be clean, comfortable, attractive, safe and convenient with infrastructure and in accordance to the needs of the multiracial community in Malaysia,” he said.
Noh also announced a RM500,000 allocation for the Section 16 wet market to upgrade the premises, such as the roofing and parking area.