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PORT KLANG: Prime-mover drivers have continued their protest against depot operators for the third consecutive day.
However, unlike the first two days, a team of Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) officers were seen standing by to control the crowd if the situation turned ugly following an incident where a protester hurled a stone against a prime-mover, cracking its windscreen.
On Thursday night, 25 prime-mover drivers were arrested after they allegedly vandalised a prime-mover at about 11.45pm that night.
North Klang district police chief, Supritendant Shukor Sulong when conatcted confirmed the arrest.
Meanwhile, the drivers have now added another reason to their protest, demanding the release of all 25 driverss.
According to prime-mover driver S. Rajan, 32, he claimed that the men arrested had nothing to do with the vandalism committed on the prime-mover.
"We were just having dinner when the police nabbed some of my friends, saying they were responsible for the damage caused on the vehicle," he told reporters while protesting with several hundred drivers, at Bandar Sultan Sulaiman, just outside Northport, here, today.
On Wednesday, over 1,000 disgruntled prime-mover drivers, unhappy with depot operators for allegedly charging exorbitant fees while causing delays to their operations protested, here demanding that the Transport Ministry and Port Klang Authority (PKA) resolve the matter.
The drivers are protesting over the alleged increased of depot gate charges at depots outside Northport and Westport as well as the delays they face there.