Police arrest Maria Chin after Bersih raid

Maria-ChinPETALING JAYA: Police have arrested Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah and secretariat member Mandeep Singh following a raid at the coalition’s office in Petaling Jaya this afternoon.

The duo are expected to be brought to the Petaling Jaya police headquarters.

This comes after a police party from Bukit Aman raided the Bersih 2.0 office this afternoon, less than 24 hours before the Bersih 5 gathering in Kuala Lumpur.

Earlier, DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke was also arrested and taken to the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman, believed to be related to his speech at the Pakatan Harapan Convention last Saturday.

According to a tweet from Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, the latest to be detained is DAP’s Ronnie Liu, who was arrested in front of Bukit Aman police headquarters.

Police have also questioned Klang MP Charles Santiago over his involvement in the rally, called by Bersih 2.0 to press for the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar has maintained that the Bersih 5 rally and a counter rally planned by the Red Shirts movement led by Umno leader Jamal Yunos were illegal and warned of action.

According to Bersih 2.0 steering committee member Jay Jay Dennis, 10 police officers and four officers from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)  raided Bersih 2.0’s headquarters today at 3pm.

At 5.15pm, Maria and Mandeep were escorted out by the police officers to the Petaling Jaya district police station.

Bersih 2.0 is now being investigated under Section 124(c) of the Penal Code for activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy.

“At the moment, we cannot guarantee that they won’t be kept overnight. No warrant was presented during the raid. It shows a complete disrespect for the law,” said Dennis.

According to Dennis, 10 laptops, two boxes of documents related to Bersih’s bank accounts and payroll and Maria’s and Mandeeps ICs and  mobile phones were confiscated by the police.

Meanwhile, Bersih 2.0 treasurer Thomas Fann said the rally would proceed tomorrow despite the arrests.

“We want to assure the public that Bersih is not just about a few persons, but about every Malaysian who wants a clean government and fair elections.

“Our team has got everything ready, including security, logistics and a medical team. We are ready for tomorrow.

“So, we urge every Malaysian to come down to the rally tomorrow.”