Kampung Sg Nipah
30.8.2000, Shah Alam Magistrate Court
T.Mohan, chairperson of the Kampung Sg. Nipah Urban Settlers
Committee and two other settlers from Kampung Sg. Nipah were
acquitted after the police could not produce any witnesses
against the three.
On 24.9.1999, the three along with twenty other Urban Settlers
from Kampung Sg. Nipah prevented the Developer and their thugs
from entering their Kampung to start work. The developers'
thugs at that time had brought with them weapons such as
parangs, sticks, chains etc.
The Royal Malaysian police totaling around twenty people were
also there led by the acting OCPD, Zulkafly.
The police immediately gave protection to the developers and
their armed thugs. When the Sg. Nipah villagers continue to
obstruct the developers from entering their land for forty years,
the police immediately started to arrest the settlers and
dispersed the rest.
Seven people were arrested in which four of them were women. While
the seven were taken to the lock-up, the developer along with their
workers and their thugs with police protection fenced the area and
brought in their machine.
The four women were released seven hours later but the three men
including the chairperson were remanded for three days. The remaining
settlers fearing the thugs, remained in the police compound the entire
On the fourth day, the police requested the three to be further
remanded but the court instructed them to be released immediately.
On 28.8.2000, the police charged the three - T.Mohan, Saravanan and
Arasu for rioting. They were released on police bail amounting RM 700
The case was then postponed four times as the police were unable to
bring the witnesses. Lawyer of the settlers, Sdr. Teng Chang Khim
called for their release from the first date stating that the police
do not have a case. Finally on 30.8.2000, the three were acquitted, as
the police were once again unable to produce witnesses.
With the acquittal, there are still two cases pending in Kampung Sg.
Nipah. One is the contempt proceeding against the Developer, District
Police Chief and District Officer while the second is the unlawful
assembly trial against six people, which includes PSM National
Chairperson Comrade Nasir Hashim.