GEORGE TOWN, Oct 30 – The Penang state government will continue to defend the legitimacy of its Voluntary Patrol Team (PPS) until the team is proven illegal in court, said Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. He said if it was true that the team that was set up by the state government was illegal, why is the Attorney-General and police taking such a long time to take PPS to court.
“The extension of bail on 157 PPS personnel detained on Aug 31, showed the Attorney-General and authorities do not have strong evidence when detaining PPS personnel. This is the second time police bail has been extended. “If it is illegal, it would be easy to charge. Why is it there are no charges by the parties concerned. I want to clarify that the act of arresting them was baseless,” he told a press conference here today.
Yesterday, police extended the bail for 157 PPS personnel which ended yesterday, to Dec 1. Northeast police chief ACP Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the extension was the second after the first bail was extended for 30 days on Sept 30. Lim said the state government was also prepared to show evidence in court and will wait until Dec 1, for further action.
On Aug 31, 154 PPS personnel were detained for ignoring warnings to not carry out their activities since the PPS was not registered with the Registrar of Societies. It was followed by the arrest of three PPS leaders.