On Wednesday (29 July), a #Lawan activist, Sarah Irdina had been arrested by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) for investigation under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 while giving her statement at the Dang Wangi police.
According to the Sekretariat Solidariti Rakyat (SSR), who is the organiser of the Saturday’s (31 July) #Lawan vehicle convoy in protest against the government, the said that Sarah Irdina from the youth collective MISI: Solidariti had got her phone confiscated and a search warrant has been issued to raid her home.
In addition, SSR took to Twitter and claimed that the PDRM has harassed Sarah’s family when calling her into questioning.
According to Malay Mail, Sarah’s lawyer Goh Cia Yee said that the PDRM is planning to detain her overnight at the police station for interrogation.
“They have arrested her now with the intention to detain her overnight Her house has not been raided yet and there is no confirmation on when they would like to do so.”
“They intend to do so but the timeline of this is uncertain at the moment because they have some paperwork to sort out.” Goh said.
Nonetheless, Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 handles with seditious tendency which include uttering seditious words and distributing. If found guilty, the individual will be fined for an amount not exceeding RM5,000 or prison not more than three years, or both.
Meanwhile, MISI: Solidariti has on Twitter issued a statement demanding the authorities to release Sarah immediately.
“Seeing one of ours be silenced and harassed by the authorities is infuriating. We stand in complete solidarity with Sarah and we demand her immediate release.” they said.
On the other hand, it was reported that 3 other #Lawan activists, including Tharma Pillai, Afiq Adib and Muhammad Alshatri, were called in by the police for questioning too.
Likewise, the trio are being investigated under Section 505(b) of the Penal Code which handles “making statements conducive to public mischief” and Section 233(1) of the Communications and Multimedia Act over sharing offensive content.
According to MalaysiaKini, Sarah Irdina was released from police custody around 1 a.m. this morning (30 July), after being interrogated for 10 long hours on the allegations of sedition and improper use of network facilities.
The matter was informed by his lawyer, Goh Cia Yee via a tweet on Twitter too, where he said “Sarah’s just been released. Was present with Sarah today at the police station.”
“Cracked some jokes to make her feel at ease but it was her first time being questioned by the police. My respect to her and her friends for the work they are doing.” he added.
However, the incident did not stop there as MISI: Solidariti said the protest will still be ongoing and they urge Malaysians to join the protest whether at the field or online, if they were unable to make it there.
The protest that will be happening this Saturday (31 July) is calling for the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to step down, for Parliament to continue sitting, and automatic loan moratorium for Malaysians.