Main players

BLOGGER WAN MOHD AZRI WAN DERIS
BLOGGER WAN MOHD AZRI WAN DERIS
MALAY ARMED FORCES VETERANS ASSOCIATION
PRESIDENT MOHD ALI BAHAROM
MALAY ARMED FORCES VETERANS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT MOHD ALI BAHAROM
BAGAN DIVISION UMNO CHIEF SHAIKH HUSSEIN MYDIN
BAGAN DIVISION UMNO CHIEF SHAIKH HUSSEIN MYDIN
INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE KHALID ABU BAKAR
INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE KHALID ABU BAKAR

BLOGGER WAN MOHD AZRI WAN DERIS

The controversial blogger was held by police for four days after allegedly posting a picture of an unrelated robbery victim on social media and linking it to the Low Yat incident. During and after the Low Yat fracas, he has continued to post racially tinged messages online. He has previously been found guilty of defaming former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. Although he has denied blogging under the pseudonym Papagomo, the courts in the Anwar case had decided otherwise.

MALAY ARMED FORCES VETERANS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT MOHD ALI BAHAROM

Popularly known as Ali Tinju, the leader of the little-known Malay Armed Forces Veterans Association claimed trial last Thursday for the charge of uttering seditious remarks during the Low Yat brawl. In a widely shared video, he is alleged to have said: "We want justice. This is for the dignity of Malay youth, not because one Chinese boy attacked many Malays. We will not forgive Chinese youth who insult Malay youth. This is Malay land. Unite and fight the insolent (Democratic Action Party) Chinese."

BAGAN DIVISION UMNO CHIEF SHAIKH HUSSEIN MYDIN

The Penang-based leader from the ruling Umno was arrested under the Sedition Act on Wednesday for allegedly criticising police chief Khalid Abu Bakar's handling of the Low Yat incident in a closed phone messaging group. It is unclear what the offending comments were, but he was released the day after. Penang Umno secretary Musa Sheikh Fadzir told reporters: "Shaikh Hussein asked why the national police chief arrested young Malays but the Chinese who assaulted the Malays were not arrested. Is this an offence?"

INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE KHALID ABU BAKAR

The national police chief had previously come under attack over the force's alleged failure to act against those linked to the ruling establishment. This time, the police's stern and swift action against alleged instigators of the Low Yat brawl has instead led to accusations of bias against Malays. But some quarters have praised the police for quickly restoring peace to the Bukit Bintang area, a key tourist hub in Kuala Lumpur.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 19, 2015, with the headline 'Main players'. Print Edition | Subscribe