Hornbill Unleashed

November 19, 2016

Cops detain Bersih 2.0 chairman, committee member ahead of rally

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

The police picked up Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah and a fellow committee member Mandeep Singh for questioning today. — Picture by Choo Choy MayThe police have picked up Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah and a fellow committee member Mandeep Singh for questioning just hours to the start of their Bersih 5 rally at 10am tomorrow.

Another member of the Bersih 2.0 steering committee, Jay Jay Denis said both Maria and Mandeep were taken away after the police raided the electoral reform watchdog’s office in Petaling Jaya, Selangor earlier today.

“Maria and Mandeep have been taken to PJ IPD. The police want them to give a list of things that has been confiscated from the office,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

The duo are believed to be under investigation under Section 124C of the Penal Code, which concerns attempts to carry out an activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy.

According to a tweet from Bersih 2.0, the police also confiscated several items from the office including 10 laptops, the payroll and bank statements.

The Bersih 2.0 group is the organiser of the Bersih 5 rally scheduled to take place in the city centre tomorrow and is intended to pressure the government into carrying out a raft of reforms ahead of the 14th general elections due by 2018. This time, the rally also calls for the resignation of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Past rallies organised by the group have seen tens of thousands flood the streets of Kuala Lumpur.

Source : KAMLES KUMAR@The Malay Mail Online



  1. Please remain strong Maria. The real terrorists are those plunging the nation’s wealth and pretending they have nothing to hide. You are working on the path of righteousness, which is always very difficult. Those who are bent on denying the truth will want to break your spirit but God will lead you, guide you and protect you. As for those in power that have gone astray, they will all pay for it one day. May God Bless You.

    Comment by almaz — November 21, 2016 @ 6:22 PM | Reply

  2. Vigil Solidariti bersama Maria yang masih ditahan di bawah SOSMA.
    Mohon hadir untuk memberi sokongan dan mendesak supaya Maria dibebaskan dengan segera.
    Tarikh: setiap hari sehingga Maria dibebaskan
    Masa: 8.00pm
    Tempat: Dataran Merdeka
    Orang ramai juga digalakkan mengadakan Vigil Solidariti ini di negeri/tempat masing-masing.

    Comment by almaz — November 21, 2016 @ 11:17 AM | Reply

  3. Without Maria, Bersih 5 could still go on successfully.
    However, the red shirts lost direction like headless chickens without Jamal’s big voice.

    The IGP should be the one facing the music as he is acting against parliamentary democracy, not Maria and Mandeep. This is reversal of the law – punishment to those upholding democracy!

    Comment by Kipidap — November 19, 2016 @ 7:48 PM | Reply

  4. The following is a letter written by the children of Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah, after her arrest.

    It is the eve of the Bersih rally. We are sure that everybody is preparing for the rally, for what seems to be the next step to achieving a free and fair election for Malaysia.

    It was around 6pm, we were at home preparing dinner when we received a call from a family friend asking if we were okay and if we heard about the news.

    Confused about what was going on, we asked her what happened.

    She explained to us that our mother has been arrested and was brought to a police station for further processing.

    Within the next hour we were at the police station and as we arrived we had to wait for one of our mother’s lawyers to bring us in to see our mother.

    While we were in the processing room, our mother explained to us that she was being charged for destabilising the government.

    Both Mandeep Singh and our mother were reassuring us that everything is going to be fine in a calm and collective state.

    We hope that the charges would be dropped and that she would be released soon.

    After everything that has transpired, it is disappointing that people who fight for a fair and clean election have been branded as a threat to the country.

    Is this the type of country that we Malaysians want to live in, where corruption runs amok, elections are rigged and innocents are placed behind bars?

    When we were younger, we did not understand what our parents were fighting for or why our father was protesting strongly against the Internal Security Act.

    He is gone now. We are old enough to understand the importance and sacrifice of the work that people like them do.

    People like our parents, who are willing to speak up against corruption do not do it for their own sake, but for the sake of the future generations.

    As we are writing this, we as Malaysians, are hours away from an opportunity to voice out to make a change in Malaysia.

    It is why it is so important for us, as Malaysians, to show that we will not tolerate the injustice that government officials have got away with.

    We implore to our fellow Malaysians that are attending the rally, or are watching it at home, to listen to the speakers and to understand what Bersih is trying to achieve.

    We hope that the rally will be peaceful and to see you there.

    Azumin, Aziman, Azemi.

    Comment by almaz — November 19, 2016 @ 10:01 AM | Reply

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