KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2, 2015 :
The arrest of nine individuals who were handing out pro-secession brochures in Sabah should assist police in identifying the ringleaders, according to a Twitter posting by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar today.
“Nabbing the nine will lead us to the main culprit or culprits. Soon I supposed (sic),” wrote Khalid Abu Bakar today in response to a post by Sabah Progressive Party president Datuk Yong Teck Lee.
Last night, he praised Sabah police for the arrest on the micro-blogging site.
“Well done Sabah police arrest nine individuals in Tuaran for distributing brochures instigating the people to get Sabah out of Malaysia. WELL DONE Boys,” read a post by Khalid.
Yesterday, The News Straits Times reported that the nine, who were suspected to be linked to the Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia (SSKM) movement, were arrested on Sunday morning and were released nine hours later on police bail.
According to the report, the situation outside the Tuaran district police headquarters was initially chaotic when police did not allow people claiming to be “friends” of the 9 to bail them out.
The Tuaran police station’s gates were apparently closed at about 3pm and a Light Strike Force was deployed within its compound after more people turned up at the station.
Among them were Yong, former Deputy Minister Datuk Kalakau Untol and a former state assemblyman Datuk James Ligunjang.
At about 5pm, 18 people were allowed to enter and all 9 of those arrested were released.
Ligunjang posted photos of the incident on his Facebook page, stating that he was among the crowd leaving the police station.
“Let it be known that we are prepared to pay whatever price to fight for the rights of the people,” read the post.