‘She is given a wooden bed’


PETALING JAYA: The Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion of Malaysia (Suhakam) con­firmed that Ber­sih 2.0 chair­man Maria Chin Ab­dul­lah is be­ing held in soli­tary con­fine­ment and given a wooden bed with­out a pil­low.

This came to light af­ter Suhakam rep­re­sen­ta­tives met Maria Chin at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion where the lat­ter is be­ing de­tained for 28 days un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act (Sosma).

“The state of clean­li­ness in the cell can be con­sid­ered ac­cept­able but there is no es­cap­ing the fact that it is soli­tary con­fine­ment. The so­called bed has no mat­tress and she has to wash with cold wa­ter,” it said in a state­ment.

It added that Maria Chin had in­di­cated that she would like a mat­tress to ease the dis­com­fort of the wooden bed.

It also said Maria is in good health and had been in­ter­ro­gated “softly” by the po­lice for three hours dur­ing her de­ten­tion.

“She re­quested for a copy of the Qu­ran, read­ing ma­te­ri­als and for her to see her chil­dren and fam­ily.”

Po­lice de­tained Maria Chin on Nov 18 un­der Sec­tion 124C of the Pe­nal Code that crim­i­nalises an at­tempt to com­mit ac­tiv­i­ties detri­men­tal to Par­lia­men­tary democ­racy, and in­voked Sosma for her de­ten­tion.

The con­tro­ver­sial law, which is for main­tain­ing pub­lic order and se­cu­rity, al­lows the de­ten­tion of in­di­vid­u­als with­out trial for up to 28 days.

Mean­while, Cen­tre for a Bet­ter To­mor­row has joined calls for Maria Chin to be re­leased.

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