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‘I was beaten by a police with baton’: MP Steven Sim

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Steven Sim describes his experience during a vigil at the Kelana Jaya Police Station for those arrested during an anti-GST sit-in at the PJ Customs complex earlier that day.

Many of you called and wrote me on the news that I was beaten by police during a peaceful vigil on Monday, 23 March. I’m sorry for not being able to answer every message sent, but I am overwhelmed with gratitude for your concern and love.

I am fine now, although the bruise is still there. And some functions of my handphone are damaged. On the advice of my lawyers, I have also lodged a police report the very next day.

I just want to say that I’m very angry at what happened. I was not trying to be heroic, and far from it that I was looking for trouble.

I was just trying to disperse the tension, standing in between the crowd and the police. I made it clear from the beginning of the vigil that I am a Member of Parliament, and my colleagues and I were there to manage the situation so that it wouldn’t turn ugly.

But when I saw the Light Strike Force police charging and agitating the crowd, I quickly moved into the middle, in between them to keep both sides away from each other.

I thought MPs would at least command some respect from the police. But I was wrong, the police kept charging even though I told them to stop and keep away. It was then that I was beaten by a police with baton.

I did not make laws in Parliament for the police to act as such.

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I did not endorse the laws of the jungle which I saw in force that evening.

I did not vote for laws which deny detainees of legal representation as happened that evening which led to the peaceful vigil in the first place.

I did not approve our tax money to go into brutality against Malaysians who assembled peacefully to demand justice.

I am angry. I am ashamed. I am sad.

Thank you for your prayers and well-wishes. Continue to pray, we need it so so much.

Steven Sim is the MP for Bukit Mertajam.

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