Bersih 2.0 condemned today the arrest of its chair, Maria Chin Abdullah, for distributing leaflets on its Bersih 5 rally, which it described as an act of intimidation.
The polls reform group also criticised the police’s purported threat to arrest Sabahans who took the leaflets, whose details were recorded.
“Bersih 2.0 questions the actions of the police who will go so far as to arrest someone on a vague a reason as distributing leaflets.
“This is a targeted act of political intimidation against Maria and only goes to show that the authorities are grasping at straws in a vain attempt to stop the Bersih movement,” said Bersih 2.0 in a statement.
The polls reform group said it was committed to calling for institutional reforms, including clean elections, a clean government, the strengthening of parliamentary democracy, the right to dissent, and the empowerment of Sabah and Sarawak.
Chin was detained in Langkon, Sabah, last Saturday under Section 11 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 which requires the name and address of the publisher and printer to be included in publications that are printed in Malaysia.
Some lawyers have criticised the arrest under the “obscure” legal provision that they said few actually adhere to.
Bersih 2.0 is currently carrying out a nationwide convoy ahead of its Bersih 5 rally on November 19.
Source : The Malay Mail Online