Show Proof Or Keep Your Mouth Shut, Activist Robert Phang Tells Minister

Maria Chin being led away by officials on the eve of Bersih 5 in Kuala Lumpur. She has since been detained under SOSMA.
Maria Chin being led away by officials on the eve of Bersih 5 in Kuala Lumpur. She has since been detained under SOSMA. – Internet photo

KUALA LUMPUR – Renowned philanthropist cum social activist Tan Sri Robert Phang Miow Sin has dared Umno information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa to make an affidavit that Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah has links with the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

“Otherwise keep your mouth shut and let the police continue with their investigation. Do not create gross interference in the proceedings,” Phang added.

Robert Phang
Robert Phang

In a brief statement issued in Petaling Jaya today, the Chairman of Social Care Foundation (SCF) expressed regret that Annuar had passed his own judgment on Maria when the police have yet to wrap up their investigations on Maria.

“Even if the police have made public the outcome of the instigations, it is still legally inappropriate for us to make any judgment as, such an action will pose an adverse implication on our judiciary.

“Being a country under the rule of law, we must always respect and trust the professionalism of our police force, and stop interfering in their ongoing investigations,” said Phang who is also Chairman of the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation, Outreach Committee.

He thus urged politicians in the country, especially those holding positions in the Federal Cabinet and the government, to be more cautious and thoughtful when making statements on issues which concern the country and its people, so as not to make the country an international laughing stock.

In his Facebook posting on Wednesday, Annuar claimed that Maria was linked to the CIA due to the works she had conducted with several US NGOs prior to her returning to Malaysia with her late husband, Yunus Lebai Ali, in the 1980s.

“Maria and Yunus returned to Malaysia around the 1980s and prior to that they were involved with several NGOs such as the National Institute for Electoral Integrity (NIEI), which is under the sponsorship of Asia Foundation.

“And Asia Foundation is a network under The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) and Asian Network for Free and Fair Elections (Anfrel) to which former CIA agent Philip Agee had previously disclosed that both Namfrel and Anfrel were ‘CIA tools’ that masked behind the slogan of ‘people power’,” he said.

Annuar also noted that Maria was also involved in other human rights and feminist NGOs that were pro-LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender).

Maria was arrested by the police last Friday, on the eve of Bersih 5 rally, and is currently detained for 28 days under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma).

She is being investigated under Section 1124C of the Penal Code for activities deemed detrimental to parliamentary democracy.