‘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.