PETALING JAYA: The “kerajaan gagal” gathering in Batu Pahat, which took place in the early hours of Hari Raya, is said to have been planned a week ago.
According to a source, the gathering was also funded by a man who police are still tracking down.
The source also confirmed that several of the arrested suspects, including one who supplied the banners used at the gathering, admitted to receiving payment from an unknown individual.
Another suspect had told police that the demonstration was planned over the course of one week.
The source told FMT that the gathering was held on the morning of Hari Raya and flares were set off in order for the incident to become viral.
According to the source, this was done on the instructions of an unidentified man who distributed Raya payments or “duit raya” to the suspects.
One of the suspects had also admitted to receiving a set of flares from a supplier in Johor, sold at RM25 each.
Preliminary investigations found that the gathering, which involved around 40 people, was organised to show their dissatisfaction with the government, and that the incident could threaten public order.
The source said that one suspect had created a banner for the demonstration to protest against the third nationwide movement control order.
It was previously reported that police had arrested 20 people believed to be involved in a gathering in Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, Johor, which saw a group of people lighting flares and hanging up a banner with the words “kerajaan gagal” (failed government) on it.
Batu Pahat police chief Ismail Dollah said those arrested were Parit Raja residents aged between 16 and 28.
He said investigations are being conducted under Section 144, Section 269 and Section 505(b) of the Penal Code, Section 8 of the Explosives Act, Rule 17(1) of the Prevention and Control of Infections Diseases Ordinance 2021 (Act 342) and Section 48 of the Road Transport Act.
PETALING JAYA: The Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration has been told to reflect on why the people are voicing their anger even during Hari Raya.
“Think about why, on the first day of Hari Raya, the people are willing to do that (hold a gathering). Don’t just think about arresting them,” Umno supreme council member Puad Zarkashi said in a statement today.
He was commenting on a viral video of a gathering in Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, Johor, which saw a group of people lighting flares and hanging up a banner with the words “kerajaan gagal” (failed government) on it.
A total of 20 people have been arrested over the gathering so far. Police believe some 40 people were involved in the incident.
According to Puad, those in Parit Raja were not the only ones who were unhappy with the PN government.
“There are people celebrating Hari Raya on the highways and displaying banners that say “kerajaan gagal”. Hopefully, the eighth prime minister (Muhyiddin Yassin) will come back down to earth.”
He also denied any links to the gathering, clarifying that Parit Raja was under the parliamentary constituency of Sri Gading and not Batu Pahat.
On why he was being blamed he said: “First, perhaps it is because I am the Batu Pahat Umno chief. Second, I have consistently said the eighth prime minister’s government is a failed one.”
Following Puad’s response to the gathering, Bersatu supreme council member Muhammad Faiz Na’aman questioned if Puad “supported anarchy”.
Labelling the protestors as a group of “mat rempits who breached the movement control order”, Faiz asked if other Umno leaders also support this kind of anti-government criticism.
He added that supporting the protestors meant going against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s advice for people to celebrate Hari Raya at home.
“Umno should take disciplinary action against ‘political animals’ causing trouble during the emergency, which was proclaimed by the King,” he said.
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