Fearing Arrest, ‘Victimised’ Fugitive Jamal Seeks Refuge

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Going off the radar again, Jamal claims ‘hidden hands’ plotting his downfall.

Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos has gone missing again. He was to turn himself in at the Ampang Jaya district police headquarters at 2.30pm.

His lawyer, Datuk Mohd Imran Tamrin, addressed the media at 3.30pm.

He said he has failed to contact the controversial politician today and admitted that he did not know where his client was.

“As of now, I have yet to receive any news from him. If there are updates I will return to either the police headquarters or courts here to give any help necessary to my client. I will be on standby for my client.

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“The legal team hopes he will present himself to the police as soon as possible so all sides get his explanation on what happened. This is also to answer the rumours that have cropped up on social media regarding him.

“Any action taken by the police should follow the laws that are stated. The legal team will ensure his rights are preserved,” he said.

Mohd Imran, however, added that the police has the power to arrest him should they find him.”It is up to the courts and the investigating officer to retract the bail should they choose so.”But he has been given permission for bail, but just that the process had not been completed. Both the ensurer and the bail money are there,” he said.

Mohd Imran said he was unable to provide an explanation as to Jamal’s decision not to show up because he and Jamal’s family members have been unable to contact him the entire day.

Later, Jamal released a video recorded in an oil palm estate stating that he did not show up at the police headquarters due to concerns that he would be arrested.

“I am worried that when they get me, they would not give me the opportunity to be with the people and to grow our democracy as a politician,” he said.

In the seven-minute clip, Jamal, who accused the current government of victimising him, also declared that he was not a criminal nor a terrorist, but was being treated as such.

He also alleged that MACC officers had raided his house.

“I am confident that after several Red Shirt members were charged in court, there was a concerted plan by those in power to instruct the police to take action against me even though the police have given me a guarantee that I would only be needed to complete the bail documentation process.

“I am not against the application of law, but when my name has been blacklisted by the Immigration Department and placed under police surveillance as if I am a dangerous person, there is sufficient information that I have received, claiming I will be detained and not be released on bail as stated before,” he said in a statement today.

“My house was raided, and my family is living in fear of being hunted down. The way the authorities tracked me down is evidence of them being pressured by another powerful figure to portray me as someone who has committed a serious crime such as treason to the country I love.

“I am becoming the new victim of a vengeful leader and I receive it with an open heart,” he added.


Jamal faces three charges – two for trespassing and one for public nuisance after he smashed beer bottles in front of the Selangor state secretariat in Shah Alam in October last year.

Jamal disappeared from a hospital in Ampang on Friday after he was charged with the three offences.

After police were unable to locate him, the Immigration Department was put on alert.

Related reports:

May 29, Jamal Says Will Turn Himself in Tomorrow

May 27, Jamal Yunos Emerges

May 26, Wanted: Jamal Yunos

May 25, Jamal Charged in Hospital for Smashing Beer Bottles

May 22, Jamal Arrested over Firearms Offence