The recent arrest of Bersih leader Maria Chin Abdullah under Sosma has created an uproar among Pakatan Harapan supporters, better known as Pakatuns.
Pakatuns argued that it was unfair of the Barisan Nasional government to arrest Maria under Sosma as she had been fighting for free and fair elections.
Now, let us take a tour on what is Bersih all about.
Bersih is an event management company under the name of Bersih & Adil Network Sdn Bhd (Co. Reg. no: 1093983-P), allegedly funded by Open Society Foundations (OSF) owned by billionaire George Soros.
To those who have forgotten, Soros was the main culprit who created an economic unrest in 1998 and now funding civil rights movements and news portals in certain regions to bring regime change.
Soros has funded all the coloured revolutions and this has been well documented.
Is Maria so naïve about what have Soros done?
And why the Yellow Shirts leader should not be arrested under Sosma?
The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Malay: Akta Kesalahan Keselamatan (Langkah-Langkah Khas) 2012, abbreviated SOSMA) is “to provide for special measures relating to security offences for the purpose of maintaining public order and security and for connected matters”.
The Act replaced the 1960 Internal Security Act (Malaysia).
Sosma was passed by the Parliament on Apr 17, 2012, given the royal assent on June 18, 2012 and gazetted on June 22, 2012.
The Act is necessary to stop action by a substantial body of persons both inside and outside Malaysia –
- To cause, or to cause a substantial number of citizens to fear, organized violence against persons or property;
- To excite disaffection against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong;
- Which is prejudical to public order in, or the security of, the Federation or any part therof;
- Or to procure the alteration, otherwise than by lawful means, of anything by law established.
Based on item (3) of the introductory portion of the act, Maria, as Bersih leader, had engaged in activities “which is prejudicial to public order in, or the security of, the federation or any part thereof”.
Moreover, item (4) stressed that Sosma can be applied on any person who was trying “to procure the alteration, otherwise than by lawful means, of anything by law established”.
Besides, it was because of Bersih, the Red Shirts emerged under the leadership of Jamal Md Yunos.
Jamal who leads the Red Shirt movement under the Gabungan NGO Melayu Merah (GNGG), which is registered under the Registrar of Societies (RoS), defends the democratically elected government and the prime minister.
Where else, Bersih, a registered private limited company with foreign funding has been calling for a people’s uprising on the streets to topple a legitimate government.
Jamal, on numerous occasions, had said: “If there were no Yellow Shirts, there won’t be Red Shirts.”
The Red Shirt movement’s show of strength had instilled fear among peace loving Malaysians.
Causing public fear over rioting comes under Item 3 of Sosma, which read together with Item 4 qualifies Maria as a Sosma detainee.
Maria is actually lucky to have been arrested under Sosma.
Just imagine what would have happened to her if Mahathir was the prime minister.
Maria would have been charged for treason by Mahathir.
Many veteran politicians from the opposition bloc may have forgotten it, but recall ‘Ops Lalang’ in 1987 under Mahathir.
Fortunately for now Mahathir has been into various transformation, from a minister to a prime minister, turned a blogger, to a government critic and now the latest which many couldn’t digest is being a Bersih activist anjd candle light vigilante.
Mahathir, being the chief architect of current system of the establishment, is now an anti-government critic.
Now that’s mother of all ironies.