KOTA MARUDU: Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah has been released on police bail, more than two hours after she was detained here today.
District police chief Superintendent Mohd Izaan Abdullah said Maria was earlier arrested under the Section 11 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.
“She was arrested at 1.45pm at Langkon town here (for distributing leaflets on Bersih 5 rally).
“She was brought to Kota Marudu police station and released at 4.15pm after investigation has completed,” he said in a statement.
Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said Maria was arrested because she had handed out the leaflets without including the name and address of the printer and publisher as required under Section 11 of the PPPA.
“Our country has laws. Police are not stopping any group to do anything, however they must follow the rules.
If Maria don’t know about the PPPA, please ask. She can even ask me if she wants,” he told NST.
Former Bersih Sabah leader Jannie Lasimbang was reported earlier as saying that Maria was here to support Bersih Sabah convoy.
She said police have also taken information on individuals who took the Bersih leaflets during the convoy.
The nationwide convoy, kicked off on Oct 1, was aimed at raising awareness of the group’s plan to hold a street rally on Nov 19.
Yellow Lady Maria Chin Arrested in Kota Marudu
Source: Borneo Today
KOTA KINABALU – Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah, better known as the ‘Yellow Lady’ was arrested by police in Kota Marudu at about 2.00pm Saturday for distributing leaflets.
Jannie Lasimbang, the former Bersih Sabah leader said Maria is now being questioned by officers as the Kota Marudu police station.
A lawyer is believed to be on his way to the Kota Marudu police station as a group of Bersih Sabah members who were with Maria earlier on, stay outside the station to provide morale support.
According to Jannie, Maria is in Sabah to lend her support to the local chapter of the rights movement.
The arresting officer was identified as one Inspector Zailan, who cunningly wore a yellow and black striped t shirt and was earlier seen mingling with the crowd.
According to Jannie, early reports from Bersih Sabah team members said that even members of the public were harassed by the police.
“Just for accepting a Bersih leaflet, police personnel took down their details, asking for their MyKad etc,” said Jannie in a Whatsapp posting Saturday afternoon.
At 2.21pm Maria was brought into a room for questioning, Jannie said.
She also said that a local lawyer has been notified and that he was already on his way to the police station.
The fifth Bersih rally is die to be held on November 19 and the Bersih team has been on a natinwide roadshow drumming up awareness and support from the people.
Among the demands being made by Bersih are to press for action over the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) case after the US government filed a lawsuit to seize assets linked to the state investment firm.
They also want electoral reforms in order for ‘clean’ elections to be held.