Kenneth Steven Chan Wen Chin today told members of the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) - which is conducting the inquiry - that he had taken the LRT from Kelana Jaya about 3pm on July 9.
"We wanted to get off at Pasar Seni but (the station) was closed. My girlfriend who works in the media was with me, and we walked along Jalan Pudu towards Maybank.
“This was my first experience in being in a rally and I was wearing yellow. A group of people warned (us that) tear gas (was being fired).
“We then headed to Jalan Tun Sambanthan where we heard police personnel shouting "Tangkap! Tangkap!" (Arrest! Arrest!). We saw them arresting a Malay woman very roughly, pushing her head down on the road."
The woman was released after she identified herself as a member of Selangor TV, he said.
Kenneth said his girlfriend took photos of the incident and that the police were also rough with her, pushing the camera against her face.
In addition, he saw several police personnel kicking a boy in Jalan Pudu, and that photos were also taken of this incident.
"The police warned us against taking pictures, saying they would break our camera. The boy was saying something about the police and they moved in on him."
Kenneth was the first witness to testify in the inquiry which has set itself these terms of reference:
- To identify human rights violations on or before July 9
- To determine how the violations occurred, and to identify the process and agency involved
- To make recommendations to prevent a recurrence
The inquiry is headed by Suhakam vice-chairperson Khaw Lake Tee (left), alongside commissioners Mahmood Zuhdi Abdul Majid and Detta Samen.
The Bar Council is represented by Roger Chan and Richard Wee, while the police force is represented by ASP N Rajagopal and ASP Lim Chee Wah.
Kenneth further said he had not gone that day to participate in the rally, but out of curiosity.
"I had not registered myself as a voter but following the incident, I have decided to register myself."
Questioned by Mahmood Zuhdi, he said he found that the photos - tendered as evidence - were “out of the ordinary” as such incidents do not occur every day.
To a question from Wee, Kenneth said he had not seen teargas canisters being fired into Tung Shin Hospital, but that he had seen water cannon being directed at the compound.
The inquiry is headed by Suhakam vice-chairperson Khaw Lake Tee, alongside commissioners Mahmood Zuhdi Abdul Majid and Detta Samen.
The Bar Council is represented by Roger Chan, and Richard Wee, while the police force is represented by ASP N Rajagopal and ASP Lim Chee Wah.
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