Bersih 2.0 chair Maria Chin Abdullah was probed today under the offence of undermining parliamentary democracy over a news report regarding alleged foreign funding to the polls reform group.
Maria said that she was the only one investigated today, adding that she was questioned under Section 124C of the Penal Code, which she said is usually linked to the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act.
“It’s under Section 124C ― undermining parliamentary democracy, based on the Malay Mail report that said Bersih has received funds,” she told Malay Mail Onlinewhen contacted today.
Section 124C, which carries the penalty of a maximum 15-year jail term for the offence of attempt to commit activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy, is included in the list of security offences where Sosma is applicable. Sosma allows for preventive detention.
Maria said she will leave it to the police to carry out investigations and will answer in court if necessary.
“We didn’t answer the police’s questions. They have to investigate and bring it to court if they have any case against us,” she said.
Maria’s lawyer Farhana Abdul Halim had in a press conference earlier today with her client said that the investigation was over an October 31 report by the Malay Mail titled “Leaked minutes show planned foreign intervention in polls”.
“All these while Bersih have never hidden any matters related to our accounts and it is all on the website and the police can get all the details from the Bersih website and it’s all audited, it’s all there. Actually there’s no necessity for them to call us in today,” she was seen saying in a video of the press conference uploaded on the Bersih 2.0’s official Facebook page.
In the same video Maria said the investigation was based on a report lodged by the police on the Malay Mail news report.
“This is actually pure harassment, knowing that we have been open so far and transparent on our accounts. There is no need to harass Bersih in this manner. It’s mainly to stop our convoy and also to stop our rally,” she said in the video.
Maria also said that the Bersih 5 rally that is scheduled for November 19 will go on.
Source : IDA LIM@The Malay Mail Online