Activist’s daughter fights back, claims Malaysians living in fear

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PETALING JAYA: Environmentalist Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil’s daughter has spoken up against her mother’s arrest, calling it another form of injustice.

Sharifah Fareena Syed Yusof in a statement posted by Sabrina on her Facebook, said she was saddened by the incident that saw her mother locked up for three days, and decided to fight back against those who condemned activists that are speaking for the voiceless.

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“Somehow people have made it seem like it is wrong to fight for what we truly believe in, and that it is wrong to fight for those who do not have a voice,” wrote Sharifah.

She said her mother was a fighter who will continue fighting not only for her and the family, but for also for their future.

“She is fighting for all of you and most importantly, for nature.

“My mother will continue to fight for what is right and we will stand by her, forever and always.”

Sabrina, the president of Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (Peka), and the organisation’s administrator Norhayati Shahrom were arrested last week for allegedly insulting the Sultan of Johor through a Facebook posting, highlighting logging activities taking place on a piece of land believed to be owned by the Sultan.

They were charged under the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Act and if found guilty, face a fine of not more than RM50,000, up to one year in prison, or both.

“Malaysians are being oppressed and we are living in fear,” said Sharifah.

“Freedom of speech and expression are not accepted and I witnessed it first hand. My mother is fighting for something that no one dares or wants to fight for.

“None of us are sorry for that. This (the arrest) is injustice at best,” added the 20-year-old.

Commenting on this, Sabrina said it had made her more determined to fight for the country’s “precious nature”.