KUALA LUMPUR, March 21 – PKR vice-president Tian Chua has been released from the Dang Wangi police station today. A brief press statement from the party’s communication wing said the Batu member of parliament was also released without any bail. “The magistrate has rejected the police’s request to extend PKR vice-president Tian Chua’s remand,” the statement read. Tian Chua was arrested by the police after turning up at the Dang Wangi police station yesterday to provide his statement regarding the recent #Kita Lawan rally. He was arrested at 11.53am and was brought to the Jinjang lock-up where his statement was recorded at 3pm.
Tian Chua, who was represented by lawyers Sivarasa Rasiah and Eric Paulsen, had earlier attended a hearing to extend his remand at 10.30am at the same location. He was the latest to be arrested after several Opposition leaders and activists were arrested by the police since the March 7 KitaLawan rally. Among those arrested recently were PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli as well as political activists such as Adam Adli and Mandeep Singh. All were investigated under the Section 9(5) of the Public Assembly Act and Section 143 of Penal Code for unlawful assembly.