Ber­sih of­fi­cials get death threats

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY TI­MOTHY ACHARIAM

PETAL­ING JAYA: Ber­sih 2.0 chair­man Maria Chin Ab­dul­lah said she and her fam­ily had re­ceived death threats via What­sApp, al­legedly sent by lo­cal Is­lamic State (IS) mem­bers.

The mes­sage in­cluded im­ages of MyKad be­long­ing to her three sons and a doc­tored picture show­ing Chin as an IS pris­oner about to be be­headed by a masked man in black hold­ing a large “Rambo” knife.

“I don’t know how they got a hold of the photos, this shows they are des­per­ate,” she said af­ter lodg­ing a po­lice re­port at the Petal­ing Jaya dis­trict po­lice head­quar­ters yes­ter­day.

The sender also warned her against go­ing ahead with the Ber­sih 5 rally and threat­ened to “slaugh­ter” and “be­head” her, and called her group “an­jing”.

Present at the po­lice sta­tion were Hu­man Rights So­ci­ety chair­man Datuk Am­biga Sreenevasan and Ber­sih sec­re­tariat mem­ber Man­deep Singh as well as ac­tivists and law­mak­ers.

Am­biga and Man­deep were also “tar­geted” as al­tered pictures of them in the same IS pris­oner im­age were posted on­line.

Am­biga de­scribed the threat as an “act of ter­ror­ism”.

“This is ap­palling. They have crossed the line. This is some­thing that re­quires im­me­di­ate ac­tion,” she said.

Mean­while in KUALA LUMPUR, the Na­tional Union of Jour­nal­ists Malaysia (NUJ) has urged the po­lice to ar­rest the lead­ers and mas­ter­minds of the anti-Ber­sih group who were in­volved with ha­rass­ing jour­nal­ists in Kuala Se­lan­gor re­cently.

“This treat­ment of jour­nal­ists is dan­ger­ous and un­ac­cept­able. No jour­nal­ists should ever be ha­rassed while on duty,” said NUJ gen­eral sec­re­tary Schave Jerome De Rozario af­ter he and two other NUJ rep­re­sen­ta­tives lodged a po­lice re­port against the group at the Brick­fields dis­trict po­lice sta­tion in Seri Petal­ing yes­ter­day. He said those re­spon­si­ble were just “min­ions”.

“Go af­ter the lead­ers of the move­ment, these min­ions may not be wear­ing a red shirt but they’re ha­rass­ing peo­ple,” he said.

The doc­tored pictures of Chin and Am­biga.

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