Ber­sih to con­tinue can­dle­light vigil de­spite po­lice warn­ing


PETALING JAYA: Elec­toral re­form watch­dog Ber­sih 2.0 will con­tinue with its nightly can­dle­light vigil at Dataran Merdeka for its chair­man Maria Chin Ab­dul­lah de­spite the po­lice warn­ing that ac­tion will be taken against them.

Ber­sih steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Jay Jay De­nis said the vigil will only be stopped when Maria Chin is re­leased from de­ten­tion.

“In fact, the at­ten­dance is in­creas­ing ev­ery­day re­gard­less of how much the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and po­lice may want to stop it,” Jay Jay said.

He was re­spond­ing to In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar’s warn­ing that po­lice will take se­ri­ous ac­tion against those who hold can­dle­light vig­ils within the his­toric square’s vicin­ity as the square is off lim­its to them. On Tues­day, KL mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Ab­dul Aziz had or­dered for the clo­sure of Dataran Merdeka from 5pm to 7am for one week, in a move to pre­vent Ber­sih from hold­ing its nightly vigil at the iconic square.

Ber­sih has been hold­ing the vigil for Maria Chin at Dataran Merdeka since Monday, seek­ing for her re­lease.

Maria Chin is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated un­der Sec­tion 124C of the Pe­nal Code for at­tempt­ing “ac­tiv­i­ties detri­men­tal to par­lia­men­tary democ­racy” and de­tained un­der the Se­cu­rity Of­fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

Mean­while in KUALA LUMPUR, Maria Chin’s “habeas cor­pus” ap­pli­ca­tion to chal­lenge her 28 days’ de­ten­tion un­der the Sosma is to be heard on Nov 29.

In the ap­pli­ca­tion, Maria Chin named Supt Tham Lai Kuan (head of clas­si­fied crimes in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit, Bukit Aman), the in­spec­tor-gen­eral of po­lice, home min­is­ter and the Malaysian gov­ern­ment as re­spon­dents.

Out­side the court, Maria Chin’s lawyer Datuk S. Am­biga’s said soli­tary con­fine­ment was against the lock-up rules, re­fer­ring to the IGP’s state­ment that Maria Chin’s con­di­tion was in ac­cor­dance to the rules.

Her el­dest son Azu­min Mo­hamad Yunus, 23, had filed a sup­port­ing af­fi­davit for the ap­pli­ca­tion in which he stated that Maria Chin was ar­rested at about 3.10pm on Nov 18 from her of­fice.

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