15 re­ports against Ber­sih re­ceived: Khalid

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Pe­tal­ing Jaya last Fri­day.

He said po­lice are also aware that the Ber­sih or­gan­i­sa­tion had re­ceived funds from the Open So­ci­ety Foun­da­tion (OSF), a foun­da­tion run by busi­ness mag­nate Ge­orge Soros.

“We found the doc­u­ments which pointed to­wards of­fences which are detri­men­tal to Par­li­men­tary democ­racy. We will not dis­close de­tails of their con­tents. That was enough for us to de­tain her for the of­fence. It had noth­ing to do with pol­i­tics or the rally, “he told a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day at the KL In­ter­na­tional Air­port here on his re­turn from Manila after meet­ing Philip­pines po­lice top brass to dis­cuss joint se­cu­rity mea­sures to curb crimes and kid­nap­pings along the east coast of Sabah.

“We chose to use pro­ce­dures un­der Sosma as it is a se­ri­ous of­fence re­lated to na­tional se­cu­rity. Sosma al­lows us to de­tain her for 28 days. We are aware that Ber­sih had re­ceived fund­ing from OSF, which even Maria Chin had ad­mit­ted to. We know OSF has caused the col­lapse of many coun­tries.”

On claims that Sosma was meant only for ter­ror­ism and was wrongly in­voked on Maria Chin, Khalid (pix) said there were par­ties that had con­fused the pub­lic on the mat­ter.

“The gov­ern­ment never said Sosma was meant for only mil­i­tants. Per­haps they had mis­tak­enly re­ferred to Pota (Pre­ven­tion of Ter­ror­ism Act) which is solely for the de­ten­tion of ter­ror­ists. The ac­tion we have taken is all within the perime­ters of the law,” he said.

Deny­ing claims of Maria Chin be­ing ill­treated in de­ten­tion, Khalid said stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures in ac­cor­dance with de­ten­tion laws were ob­served in her de­ten­tion at a lock-up.

“To date, she has had three vis­its by doc­tors who ren­dered her med­i­cal treat­ment. Her de­ten­tion com­plies with lock-up rules and the Prisons Act.

“She com­plained that she was made to sleep on a wooden plank. If she re­quires a mat­tress then she can make a re­quest for one,” he added.

Khalid said po­lice have re­ceived 15 re­ports to date on the ac­tiv­i­ties of Ber­sih 5 and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.

“We also want to know what Ber­sih is all about ... if it's a reg­is­tered or­gan­i­sa­tion, a com­pany or an as­so­ci­a­tion,” he said.

On Ber­sih ri­val group, the Red Shirts’ call to launch a “Ber­sih 7” os­ten­si­bly to save Se­lan­gor, Khalid said po­lice will act against its leader Datuk Seri Ja­mal Yunos if he is caught flout­ing the law.

“We will take se­ri­ous ac­tion against them, as well as those who are hold­ing can­dle-light vig­ils at Dataran (Merdeka). Do not chal­lenge us or be up­set when we act on you,” Khalid warned.

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