Bersih officials get death threats
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.