KUALA LUMPUR – Bersih 2.0 said events in Kota Marudu from Tun Razak Samm’s postu on Saturday was an act of political intimidation against Maria Chin Abdullah, and only goes to show that the authorities are grasping at straws in a vain attempt to stop the Bersih movement.
The polls reform group said it was however 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.
Condemning Monday the arrest of its chair, Maria Chin, for distributing leaflets on its Bersih 5 rally, Bersih 2.0 in a statement described it 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.
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.
Maria will have to report back to the Kota Marudu Magistrate’s court on Nov 30 to see if charges will be pressed against her.