(The Star) Sungai Siput MP Dr D. Jeyakumar will write to Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah to explain matters about the recent bicycle campaign organised by Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit).
He believed that certain quarters deliberately spread inaccurate information to the Sultan of Selangor that Jerit was deemed to have exploited children for political mileage.
“I don’t know what was informed to Tuanku about the situation, so I will write a letter of explanation to Tuanku,” he told mStar online, The Star’s Malay news portal, yesterday.
“I think if Tuanku knows what actually happened, he will support it.”
He was responding to Selangor Police Chief Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar’s remark that the Sultan had expressed regret that there were irresponsible parties exploiting children in their campaigns.
Dr Jeyakumar said the bicycle campaign from the northern and southern states to Kuala Lumpur, which ended last Thursday, had given participants experience and exposure about the lifestyle of the local communities in the areas they visited.
“Even my 15-year-old child was also involved in the campaign as the children could gain new experience about the world outside.
“They also stopped overnight in estates and orang asli villages. This is very good exposure,” he said, adding that it was regrettable that police seemed to be against the programme.
On police plans to prosecute Dr Jeyakumar, who was arrested in Rawang last week for allegedly exploiting children in the campaign, he said he was prepared to face any possibility.
“If they want to prosecute, let them do so. I have enough lawyers because I am confident that I have not done any wrong,’’ he added.
On Dec 15, the police also arrested Rawang assemblyman Gan Pei Nie, who was believed to have been involved in the organisation of the Jerit campaign.