BUTTERWORTH, Aug 4 (Bernama) -- The father of a 15-year-old boy claimed Tuesday that his son was used by certain quarters for the purpose of participating in the street march in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday to demand the abolition of the Internal Security Act (ISA).
Abdul Aziz Ibrahim, 45, said his son, Muhamad Azreen, was taken to the federal capital by the so-called charity unit of an opposition party without his approval.
However, his son and 25 others in the group travelling to Kuala Lumpur were involved in a road accident in Bukit Beruntung, north of the federal capital, at 6am that day, he said.
Abdul Aziz said his son was unable to join the protest as he and several of the others in the group had to undergo treatment at the Sungai Buloh Hospital and that the boy was sent back to their Permatang Rawa home in Penang on Sunday morning.
Muhamad Azreen, a student of Sekolah Menengah Permatang Rawa, said 20 of those who went with him were of all ages from his village and that he paid RM35 to join the group.
"I was told by the organiser that we were going for the purpose of maintaining security and each of us was given a red T-shirt to wear," he said, adding that he joined the charity unit three years ago.
Meanwhile, Seberang Jaya state assemblyman Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah, who called on Muhamad Azreen at his house, advised the boy's parents to lodge a police report if they felt their underaged son had been used for the purpose of the street march organised by the Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI), which involved about 10,000 people.
In KUALA LUMPUR, the Federal Territory Umno Youth today offered free legal aid to traders and hawkers in Jalan Masjid India and nearby areas in the federal capital to seek compensation for loss of business during the demonstration last Saturday which went on from about 2pm to 6pm.
Its chief, Rizalman Datuk Mokhtar, said the traders and hawkers could sue GMI or the opposition parties which had their leaders join the demonstration.
The traders and hawkers could submit evidence of their loss of business to the Federal Territory Umno Hawkers and Petty Traders Secretariat or contact assistant secretary Mohd Taufik Hussain at 019-3389876, he said.
Meanwhile, Federal Territory Bumiputera Traders Association president Rosli Sulaiman said three associations of petty traders representing 1,000 members in the Jalan Masjid India area would submit claims for RM3 million in compensation to GMI.