Hornbill Unleashed

November 21, 2016

Ambiga pledges all means to free Maria

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

Ambiga_maria-chin_600A writ of habeas corpus will be filed to free Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah, who has been detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, or Sosma.

Critics of the government have said the use of Sosma was unwarranted and that the law was meant for use against terrorism.

Former Bersih chairman Ambiga Sreenevasan said yesterday that it was unacceptable she is being detained under Sosma.

Speaking to a large crowd at the final Bersih 5 gathering outside the Kuala Lumpur City Centre shopping complex yesterday evening, she said a writ of habeas corpus would be filed. “We will do all in our power to make sure she will be out soon,” she was quoted as saying.

Maria and Bersih secretariat member Mandeep Singh were arrested on Friday at the Bersih office in Petaling Jaya. Police and Companies Commission officers seized computers, mobile phones as well as documents related to Bersih’s bank accounts and payroll, it was reported.

Bersih is being investigated under the Penal Code provisions on “activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy” after media reports on leaked US documents said Bersih, a coalition for electoral reforms, had received funds from the Open Society Foundations linked to billionaire George Soros.

Source : FMT Reporters Online



  1. Stalwart Umno MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (pic) is puzzled why Bersih 2.0 chair Maria Chin Abdullah has been detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).

    “I am foxed.

    “I don’t know why Maria should be subjected to that law.

    “It seems the wrong law has been used for the purpose,” he told reporters at Parliament lobby Monday when asked to comment on Maria’s detention.

    Tengku Razaleigh said that based on what he is aware of, Maria had notified the authorities on the Bersih rally.

    “Bersih informed the authorities that they will be holding the rally and the Constitution allows for a peaceful demonstration,” he said.

    Asked if he sympathised with Maria, the Gua Musang MP said he did.

    Comment by almaz — November 21, 2016 @ 6:08 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 @ 11:16 AM | Reply

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