The Bar Council has expressed its unhappiness over the arrest of lawyer Mathias Chang under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, calling the detention “appalling”.
“I can tell you that the Malaysian Bar is absolutely appalled that a member of the bar is being treated this way for acting for his client,” Bar Council president Steven Thiru said today.
He said that the Bar Council has the same reservations about the use of the act as it did for the arrest of Datuk Khairuddin Abu Hassan recently, under the same act.
Chang was arrested earlier today.
Meanwhile, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) described the arrest as disgusting and urged that Malaysian authorities stop “political detentions” under Sosma.
“This pathetic display of desperation by the Government of Malaysia and the Royal Malaysian Police makes it clear that they are willing to ignore the laws of Malaysia in order to safeguard their political survival,” Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy said in a statement today.
The NGO demanded the “immediate” release of both Chang and Khairuddin.
Former Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan described the arrest as an “assault” on the legal profession.
She also said that she had seen Chang at the Dang Wangi police station and that he was in “good spirits”.
“Just when you thought they can’t stoop any lower,” she said on her Twitter account, referring to authorities. – October 8, 2015.