Cops gatecrash gig, more than 100 detained

Salhan K Ahmad

Modified 1 Sep 2015, 9:25 am

Police detained more than 100 youths in a raid on an independent music venue in Ampang late last night.

A headlining band member, Joe Kidd, told Malaysiakini that the police raided Rumah Api as the band Virginia on Duty were performing at around 11.30pm last night.

The event for the night was dubbed 'Party Tonight, Revolution Tomorrow'.

The Asian Public Intellectual Fellowship alumni said he and the others were brought to the Ampang police headquarters in three police trucks about an hour later.

Joe, who is guitarist for punk band Carburetor Dung, however dismissed the suggestion that the raid was linked to Bersih 4 rally which is to kick off at 2pm today.

"If it was that (linked to Bersih 4 rally), we would have been in the lockup now," he said when contacted.

He said the police raid was to "make life hard for them".

"This is ridiculous and a waste of time. Their action was poorly coordinated," added the former journalist.

He said those held had to wait until 3am before they finished their urine screening test for drug.

"It is the same operation like the one conducted at the ‘fengtau’ (dance) club. Maybe they just want to meet their arrest quota, so the easiest places are the ones such as Rumah Api,” he elaborated.

Joe said the police also recorded statements of the stage handler as well as the audio technician.

Those detained were still at the police station early this morning.

Other than Carburetor Dung and Virginia on Duty, the gig also featured Badass Farmer and metal band Blind Tribe.

In the latest development, Joe's girlfriend Yee I-Lann said owners of Rumah Api have been remnded for four days while others are remanded for three day.

"Everyone else including Joe (were) remanded for three days but no reason given, no charge that we know of. Nine lawyers here," she said in her Facebook posting.