Monday, May 29, 2006

Police Quell Price Hike Protest in front of KLCC.

Above is the report in Singapore's TODAY newspaper (click on picture to read) about Sunday's protest in front of KLCC against the 12% electricity tariff adjustment. Contrast that to the much milder version in Malaysia's The Star today (below):

Opposition party men protest power price hike

KUALA LUMPUR: Members of various opposition parties staged a protest against the 12% electricity tariff increase in front of KLCC Sunday. Parti Keadilan Rakyat information bureau chief Tian Chua led the protest which began at 10am. More than 600 people, including PAS and DAP members, took part in the protest. PAS youth chief Salahuddin Ayub and DAP NGO bureau chief Ronnie Liu were among the opposition leaders involved.

At about 11am when the protest grew rowdy, police used a water cannon on demonstrators who refused to disperse. Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Kamal Pasha Jamal said police detained 18 men including Salahuddin and Liu as well as two women. “We have taken them to the Hang Tuah station lock-up for questioning. We will release them after that,” said ACP Kamal Pasha, adding that the crowd dispersed at 12pm.

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