KOTA KINABALU – Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah, better known as the ‘Yellow Lady’ was arrested by police in Kota Marudu at about 2.00pm Saturday for distributing leaflets.
Jannie Lasimbang, the former Bersih Sabah leader said Maria is now being questioned by officers as the Kota Marudu police station.
A lawyer is believed to be on his way to the Kota Marudu police station as a group of Bersih Sabah members who were with Maria earlier on, stay outside the station to provide morale support.
According to Jannie, Maria is in Sabah to lend her support to the local chapter of the rights movement.
The arresting officer was identified as one Inspector Zailan, who cunningly wore a yellow and black striped t shirt and was earlier seen mingling with the crowd.
According to Jannie, early reports from Bersih Sabah team members said that even members of the public were harassed by the police.
“Just for accepting a Bersih leaflet, police personnel took down their details, asking for their MyKad etc,” said Jannie in a Whatsapp posting Saturday afternoon.
At 2.21pm Maria was brought into a room for questioning, Jannie said.
She also said that a local lawyer has been notified and that he was already on his way to the police station.
The fifth Bersih rally is die to be held on November 19 and the Bersih team has been on a natinwide roadshow drumming up awareness and support from the people.
Among the demands being made by Bersih are to press for action over the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) case after the US government filed a lawsuit to seize assets linked to the state investment firm.
They also want electoral reforms in order for ‘clean’ elections to be held. – By BORNEOTODAY TEAM