Maria Chin’s son wor­ried about her health


PETALING JAYA: Fear­ing for his mother’s health, Maria Chin Ab­dul­lah’s el­dest son Azu­min Yunus (pix), wants po­lice to re­lease the Ber­sih 2.0 chair­man from de­ten­tion im­me­di­ately.

Azu­min said Maria has a med­i­cal his­tory and he is wor­ried about her hy­per­ten­sion and arthri­tis con­di­tion. “I am afraid that her de­ten­tion will en­dan­ger her health.

“When I met my mother at the Dang Wangi dis­trict po­lice head­quar­ters on Sun­day, she in­formed us that she was con­fined to a small cell with no proper bed, no blan­ket, no win­dows and the lights were left on all the time,” he told re­porters af­ter lodg­ing a po­lice re­port at the dis­trict po­lice head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day.

Azu­min was ac­com­pa­nied by Pakatan Rakyat mem­ber of par­lia­ment N. Suren­dran and Lawyers For Lib­erty ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Eric Paulsen.

“My mother does not de­serve soli­tary con­fine­ment and she is not a ter­ror­ist,” Azu­min added.

Paulsen said he will lodge a re­port with the United Na­tions on the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to de­tain her us­ing a law de­signed to fight ter­ror­ism.

Mean­while, Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad joined some 500 peo­ple, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from non-govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions and politi­cians at a sol­i­dar­ity can­dle­light vigil for Maria at Dataran Merdeka last night.

“It is tor­ture and against the law to put her in de­ten­tion. So con­tinue with this protest un­til Maria is re­leased,” Ma­hathir said.

The protest will be held ev­ery night at 8pm un­til Maria is re­leased.

Sup­port­ers gather in front of the Petaling Jaya dis­trict po­lice head­quar­ters to seek the re­lease of Ber­sih chair­man Maria Chin.

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