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Jamal released, vows to sue 'alternative' media

Malay NGO Coalition chairperson Jamal Mohd Yunos said he will sue the 'alternative' media which he claims did not carry his full statement on September 23rd which led to his arrest yesterday.

Jamal who was released around 8.30pm tonight said his lawyers are looking through the media reports and will decide on the legal action to be taken later.

"But a few reports from pro-Opposition media have sensationalised what I said. I want to warn my media friends who reported as such that they will face stern action from me.

"The report has led me to be perceived negatively as the one who is the organiser who wanted to riot at Petaling Street today," he told reporters outside the Dang Wangi District Headquarters tonight.

The Sungai Besar Umno division chief also said his arrest are uncalled for as he was only acting as a middleman between those who rioted at Petaling Street on Sept 16 and the authorities.

"I am grateful (for the release) but also upset that my detention is due to incorrect media report on my statement on Sept 23.

“Only parts of it were taken and spread - which led to unease and chaos not only for me but also police officers, who have had to leave their families and guard Petaling Street and Bukit Bintang on the third day of Hari Raya (Haji)," he said.

Jamal was detained under Section 105 of the Criminal Procedure Code last night for his statement regarding a potential riot at Petaling Street today.

He has denied that he is the organiser and yesterday said he would not attend such rally.

'If no Bersih 4, then no Sept 16 and no riot attempt'

Jamal's lawyer Suzana Norlihan Alias said that Jamal's arrest on CPC meant that he is only held for questioning and is not subject to charges.

He said he wanted to clear his name, as people now say he is the organiser of today’s aborted rally.

He said the ones who should be blamed for everything is the Bersih 4 rally, which he claims, started the chain reaction leading to his arrest.

"They thought that I am the organiser. I would like to explain that I am not involved nor am I the person who is organising a riot on Petaling Street.

"If there was no Bersih (4 rally), there would have been no Sept 16 rally and no attempt to riot at Petaling Street," he said.

However, Jamal said his role as the middleman between the rioters and the police is done after he had notified the ‘higher-ups’ about their demands, claiming Petaling Street traders sell counterfeit goods, and the area is a vice den.

"For me, there are no longer any issues with Petaling Street as I have forwarded the demands to the higher-ups and it is up to them to settle the matter," he said.

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