Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Adam Adli Arrested

Student activist Adam Adli was arrested on Saturday, May 18, 2013 under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 – which was supposed to have been abolished in 2011.

His lawyer Eric Paulsen said Adam was also being investigated under Section 124(B) of the Penal Code, which carries a 20-year maximum imprisonment for anybody found guilty of "directly or indirectly, committing an activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy. Now this is kinda strange because Adam was, in fact, speaking for and seeking free and fair elections!

His arrest is believed to be linked to his remarks at a post-election forum organized by Suara Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) on May 13, 2013 where he told the audience that Malaysians “cannot wait for five years to overthrow UMNO and BN”. 

He was echoing similar calls made by Asalkan Bukan UMNO (ABU) founder Haris Ibrahim and political activist Hishammuddin Rais, who also spoke at the forum on democracy and electoral reforms.

If these are allegedly seditious remarks, what about the others who spewed hate and yet are still walking free? 

Ex-judge Mohd Noor, Zahid Hamidi, Mahathir Mohamad, Zulkifli Noordin, Ibrahim Ali, Utusan Malaysia editors and the other UMNO rabble-rousers who just love to incite, inflame and provoke.

Adam’s supporters have held candlelight vigils. Last night, over two thousand converged in front of the Jinjang police station (where he is being detained) to show support for Adam.

Another candlelight vigil by about thirty people was held in front of Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang on Sunday night in solidarity with Adam but it was disrupted by about ten thugs. 

Police Special Branch officers and USM security staff were present, but they did not take any action against the hoodlums.

Lawan tetap lawan!

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