Another occupant at the hotel was former Perak Menteri Besar Nizar Jamaluddin.
He said that he was awoken by the police and they took down his particulars, but did not arrest him.
"One female police personnel walked in my room and took a picture of me while I was in my sarong," Nizar said.
Room to room checks Meanwhile, at the Swiss Inn along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, lawyer HR Dipendra reports that he saw the police enter two rooms. “They checked the adjacent rooms but not mine,” said Dipendra, adding that two police personnel were in uniform, while another two were not. It was uncertain what they were looking for or if anything was confiscated. Another occupant of Swiss Inn, on condition of anonymity, said that he spotted the police at the reception screening the guest list. "There was a police personnel taking our photos as we walked in. On the way to our rooms, we saw one of them knocking on room doors. But no one has knocked on ours yet,” he said.
Some forced to flee
Over at Subang Jaya, Ayer Keroh state assemblyperson Khoo Poay Tiong said five uniformed police personnel were checking the hotel guest list. “So I immediately ordered my men to leave the hotel. We are still outside," he said when contacted. He does not know whether the police had entered their room. Over at Lotus Hotel in Medan Tuanku, near Tune Hotel, the several uniformed policemen were seen entering the premisses with what appears to be a list in hand. Former PKR supreme council member Badrul Hisham Shaharin confirmed to Malaysiakini that the police had tried to arrest him at the Brisdale Hotel, for breach of a restriction order. However, he said he managed to flee the scene unscathed. On Thursday, the police obtained a court order, restricting 91 individuals from entering Kuala Lumpur tomorrow. It was supposed to be enforced from 8am onwards.
Eerie calm in KL Meanwhile, there is an eerie calm in downtown Kuala Lumpur as the usual Friday merrymakers stay away from the city. Eye-witnesses said that local are avoiding the city's numerous nightspots and the majority of patrons are foreigners. It is a different story altogether in the city outskirts. Roadblocks are being erected in major arteries throughout the city and some cars are being randomly checked. A Malaysiakini reader submitted a video footage taken yesterday evening depicts a major crawl due to roadblock along the Sungai Besi highway towards the city. The roadblock was placed after the Plus Highway toll both. But such measures extend far from Kuala Lumpur, as the authorities step up efforts to stop people from participating in the Bersih 2.0 rally tomorrow. According to citizen journalist Dave Kameron, there are roadblocks near the Sungai Petani toll booth near Alor Setar. “A Canadian academic Dr Adam Tyson who entered Malaysia through Bukit Kayu Hitam told me that he and his colleagues were stopped at the border, ostensibly to be checked for weapons. “Leslie Daniel, a local councillor, told me that his bus was boarded by the police and some bags were inspected,” said Kameron.
This is getting really surreal, and it is like coming out from a war or spy movie. Road blocks, scanning hotel registers, knocking on hotel doors and checking out the identities of the occupants in the rooms. Just cannot believe a peaceful group demanding for electoral reforms could FREAK these people out!!