July 09, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, July 9 — Five Pakatan Rakyat (PR) MPs were among the 540 people detained today as tens of thousands of Bersih 2.0 supporters descended into the city to join the group’s rally for electoral reforms.
Among the five MPs were PAS vice presidents Datuk Mahfuz Omar and Salahuddin Ayub, who were arrested at KL Sentral around 12.45pm today. Deputy president Mohamad Sabu was later confirmed by police as also having been arrested.
Two PKR MPs, Azmin Ali and Fuziah Salleh, were also picked up as they sought to make their way to the rally.
The Malaysian Insider understands that PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar successfully bypassed the tight police cordon thrown up around the city.
The five arrested MPs were among 91 people barred from entering the city centre.
Bersih remains adamant on rallying at Stadium Merdeka, with tens of thousands of supporters now converging on the historical venue.