PM: M’SIANS FED UP OF BER­SIH

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE - BY TIMOTHY ACHARIAM AND

KUALA LUMPUR: Ber­sih 2.0 c h a i r man Mari a Chi n Ab­dul­lah will be de­tained for the full 28 days un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act 2012 (Sosma). The in­for­ma­tion from lawyer Eric Paulsen was con­firmed by Kuala Lumpur CID chief SAC Rusdi Mohd Isa when con­tacted by theSun yes­ter­day. Paulsen, who to­gether with lawyers Datuk S. Am­biga and R. Si­varasa yes­ter­day at­tended a meet­ing at the Dang Wangi po­lice sta­tion, said Maria will be chal­leng­ing her de­ten­tion. He said Maria was in good spir­its de­spite be­ing de­nied con­tact with fam­ily and lawyers since Fri­day. “So far, she’s only been there for a cou­ple of days. She was happy that Ber­sih was a suc­cess and urged ev­ery­one to carry on with the na­tion’s re­form agenda,” he added. Com­ment­ing on why Maria was be­ing de­tained un­der Sosma, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said he will leave it to In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and At­tor­neyGen­eral Tan Sri Mo­hamed Apandi Ali to an­swer the ques­tion. “Let’s ask the AG and IGP to

an­swer, I don’t want to touch on op­er­a­tional is­sues,” Ah­mad Zahid said.

Un­der Sosma 2012, a per­son can be ar­rested with­out a war­rant and be de­tained for 24 hours for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The po­lice may, how­ever, ex­tend the de­ten­tion for up to 28 days for the pur­pose of in­ves­ti­ga­tions, and if the de­tained per­son is re­leased be­fore the end of the 28 days, the po­lice may pro­pose at­tach­ing an elec­tronic mon­i­tor­ing de­vice, through a court or­der, for the re­main­der of the 28-day pe­riod.

Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Ja­mal Mohd Yunos was on Satur­day re­manded for four days for rioting and ob­struct­ing a pub­lic ser­vant in the dis­charge of his pub­lic func­tion as well as us­ing crim­i­nal force in de­ter­ing a pub­lic ser­vant from dis­charg­ing his duty.

Mean­while, var­i­ous mag­is­trate’s courts yes­ter­day granted a two-day re­mand or­der on sev­eral other in­di­vid­u­als who were de­tained be­fore or dur­ing the Ber­sih 5 rally on Satur­day. In a se­ries of tweets, Lawyers for Lib­erty stated the de­ci­sion was made fol­low­ing a two-hour hear­ing.

“Re­mand al­lowed two days for ac­tivist Hishamud­din Rais, Am­pang MP Zu­raida Ka­marud­din, Batu MP Tian Chua, ac­tivist Fahmi Reza and Pasir Pinji assem­bly­man Howard Lee,” said the tweet.

All those re­manded were ar­rested for rioting un­der Sec­tion 147 of the Pe­nal Code.

Rusdi con­firmed PKR Wanita chief Zu­raida Ka­marud­din was also de­tained on Satur­day night in con­nec­tion with the Ber­sih rally but did not dis­close where she was be­ing held.

About 30 Ber­sih sup­port­ers, in­clud­ing Se­lan­gor Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, were out­side the Jin­jang cen­tralised lockup yes­ter­day in a show of sol­i­dar­ity for Ber­sih lead­ers who were de­tained.

A to­tal of 22 lead­ers and ac­tivists from both Ber­sih and the Red Shirts move­ment were de­tained.

Among those ar­rested were Ber­sih sec­re­tar­iat of­fi­cer Man­deep Singh, Razali Zakaria (Red Shirts), Anis Syafiqah Md Yu­sof (stu­dent ac­tivist), Muham­mad Safwan Anang (Sol­i­dar­iti Ma­ha­siswa Malaysia for­mer chair­man), Mohd Shabudin Abu Has­san (Red Shirts), An­thony Loke (Serem­ban MP), Umno Youth exco Datuk Ar­mand Azha Abu Han­i­fah and stu­dent ac­tivist Muham­mad Luq­man Nul Hakim Zul Razali.

How­ever, Ber­nama later re­ported that some of those de­tained in­clud­ing Man­deep, DAP lead­ers Ron­nie Liu, Jimmy Wong and Lee Khai Meng, Parti So­cialis Malaysia leader S. Arutchel­van, Muhamad Luq­man, stu­dent ac­tivists Anis Syafiqah and Muham­mad Safwan, and Red Shirts ac­tivist Hairol Nizam Md Nor and Razali have been re­leased.

Maria Chin: In good spir­its

Ja­mal Yunos: Re­manded un­der Pe­nal Code

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