PETALING JAYA: Fresh after being released from solitary confinement, Maria Chin Abdullah, came back home yesterday to find a bullet among her mail, together with a death threat.
The threatening note and .45mm bullet were believed to have been hand-delivered to her home on Nov 18, on the eve of the Bersih 5 rally and on the same day she was arrested.
The threatening note, the third in recent months read: “Last Warning if not R.I.P Marina and Family”.
“They got the wrong person,” said Maria, who is Bersih 2.0 chairman.
Referring to the wrong spelling of her name, Maria joked: “They always do.”
“I’ve also received WhatsApp messages. I can’t say I’m used to these death threats. I think it’s really disgusting and horrendous for people to stoop so low to do these kinds of things to me and my family,” she said.
Speaking after the hearing of her habeas corpus application today at the High Court, Maria also talked about her time in solitary confinement under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, or Sosma.
“There’s no airwell or any such opening in the room. When I leave the cell, there were big black goggles and handcuffs so I would not know where I am,” she said.
“I asked for three things: a lawyer, to see my family, and my Quran at home. They could not give me my Quran, but offered an alternative.
“My lawyer and family were refused visits. They gave a lot of excuses, but I do know that they have family visits every Sunday,” she said, adding that she was not allowed any visit from her family on the second Sunday.
Maria said that she finally received a Quran and blanket after two days in solitary confinement with the help of Suhakam.
The lights (in the room), she said, were kept permanently on.
“The room is completely sealed, so you don’t know whether it is morning or night when you wake up,” Maria said.
She said that she was subjected to long interrogations every day, with each session taking between six and eight hours.
She was questioned on her work with Bersih and link to billionaire George Soros.
She did not discount the possibility of a second arrest under the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA), as mentioned earlier today by Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar.
“I would think that is a threat. They have to give us reasons why they are arresting me under the Peaceful Assembly Act when everything went peacefully.
“It is not that we didn’t give notice, said Maria, adding that notice was given way before the 10-day stipulated period before the event.