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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7, 2015:

Batu Member of Parliament Tian Chua has been called up by police to give a statement on the Bersih 4 rally, though the PKR vice-president said he was informed that the police had no interest in remanding him and only wanted to have him give a statement.

“They informed via Whatsapp and a phone call. The officer in charge of the investigation informed me that a police report was lodged against me on Aug 29, the day of the Bersih rally.”

Speaking to reporters before giving police his statement, he pointed out that the police were only doing their duty in calling him to give his statement and added that he believed that “some people” were putting pressure on the police to investigate the Bersih rally organisers and participants.

“The rally saw good cooperation between the organisers and the police. The authorities were informed of the organiser’s plans.

“The Bersih 4 organisers also followed and implemented requests made by the police. The close cooperation between both sides resulted in a peaceful rally which was attended by over 500,000 people.”

He complimented police on acting professionally during the rally, adding that if both sides worked together there would be no problems.

Tian Chua also said this should form the basis for any rally in the future and quick action by the police and the organisers had avoided any untoward incidents.

“There were some people who threw firecrackers to provoke the crowd. But they failed to do so,” he said, adding that this was all due to the vigilance of the rally organisers and the police.

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