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Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah released yesterday afternoon

Maria Chin Abdullah, Bersih chairperson, was released on 28 Nov from her arrest under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma), but no explanation was given for her release. Malaysia Kini reported, her lawyer Ambiga Sreenevasan said she was released after 10 days in detention, at the Bukit Aman police headquarters yesterday, a day before her habeas corpus hearing. "Initially, …

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Detention of Bersih leader Maria Chin Abdullah is simply bad fiction

Press Statement from SIARAM Adviser Kia Soong Kua on the detention of Bersih leader Maria Chin Abdullah In 1987, the Mahathir government tried to justify the mass arrests and detentions without trial under Operation Lalang with a "White paper" on the supposed clandestine connections of all the people caught in the dragnet. We called it a "Whitewash caper" over the detention …

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Seven arrested for various offences in Bersih 5 demonstration

The Malaysian Police has confirmed that seven people were arrested for their involvement in the Bersih 5 rally demonstration held on Saturday (19 November) at Kuala Lumpur and several other cities. This rally, which saw more than 15,000 people in yellow t-shirts and 2,800 in red t-shirts, aims to protest against the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal. According to local news, …

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Malaysians resolved to turn up for Bersih despite arrest of key leaders

Police have arrested Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah and the secretariat secretary Mandeep Singh. On 18 Nov, a police team from Bukit Aman as well as officers from the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SMM) raided the Bersih office in Petaling Jaya about 3pm. According to a tweet from Lawyers for Liberty, Mandeep and Maria will be detained at the Kuala …

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Singapore to increase cooperation with Indonesia in five areas

Semarang, Indonesia –  At a joint press statement in Semarang, Central Java, on Monday (14 Nov), Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long made a commitment with President Joko Widodo that Singapore and Indonesia will increase cooperation in five areas, including investment in industrial estate. In the bilateral meeting in Wisma Perdamaian (House of Peace) in Semarang City, Pm Lee said, "It …

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir encourages all Malaysians to join Bersih 5 rally on 19 November

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad,  encouraged Malaysians to participate in the upcoming Bersih 5 rally against PM Najib Razak which will be held on Saturday (19 November) Wearing a Bersih 5 rally T-shirt, Dr Mahathir said, "Ladies and gentlemen, Malaysia is in a critical condition. Abdul Razak’s administration has caused the country to incur billions of ringgit …

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Two Indonesians kidnapped in Sulu Sea; Indonesia questions Malaysia’s commitment to safeguard its waters

BOGOR, Indonesia — The government of Indonesia asked Malaysia about its commitment to safeguard its waters from the threat of armed groups. Kompas reported that the Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi raised this issue after two Indonesians were again taken hostage by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines on Saturday (5 Nov). The Indonesian Government has also opened intense communication with …

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