21 January 2003
Supporters of malaysiakini staged a candlelight vigil outside its office in Bangsar Utama, Kuala Lumpur yesterday evening to protest police action in seizing computers from the organisation and causing its temporary closure.
The two-hour vigil which started from 8:30 pm and was attended by about 200 supporters, including leaders of political parties, representatives of non-government organisations and student groups.
Among political leaders who were present were Keadilan president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Parti Rakyat Malaysia president Dr Syed Husin Ali, Parti Sosialis Malaysia chairperson Dr Mohd Nasir Hashim and Parti Rakyat Insan Malaysia pro-tem secretary general P Utayakumar.
About half an hour into the vigil, the crowd relocated to the Jalan Bangsar entrance to the Bangsar LRT station where it staged rallies and sang songs.
Yesterday afternoon, a 10-member police team arrived unannounced at the online daily’s office and confiscated 15 CPUs and four servers in response to a report lodged by Umno Youth last Friday.
The police report was over a letter published on the site on Jan 9. Umno Youth claimed that the letter carried seditious statements that could cause chaos in the country.
However, malaysiakini editor-in-chief Steven Gan has refuted the accusations, saying that the police move was intentionally aimed at crippling the organization.
The raid resulted in a temporary halt in malaysiakini operations for about ten hours. The site came back online at about 10.30pm.