Student body reports Ali Tinju to police

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 17 Sep 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: Student Unity Front lodged a police report over the alleged threats made by former soldier Mohd Ali Baharom, or Ali Tinju, against Bersih 2.0 chief Maria Chin Abdullah.

Its president Asheeq Ali said he made the report out of concern for Maria’s safety.

“Ali Tinju lodged a report against Jamal Yunos (leader of the Red Shirts) in May this year after he threatened to attack him.

“I’m doing the same thing as I fear for the safety of a woman who is defending the rights of Malaysians.

“This is criminal intimidation. It is an offence under Section 506 of the Penal Code.

“It is a cowardly act and against the law,” Asheeq said after lodging the report at the Dang Wangi station on Saturday, accompanied by Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan.

Ali was reported in a news portal as warning Maria that “she may no longer walk on this earth.”

His comments came after Bersih 2.0 confirmed that Nov 19 had been set for a rally in Kuala Lumpur.

Kok said Ali Tinju made a serious statement.

“It is important that Asheeq lodged the report. We hope that the case will be handled fairly,” she said.

Khairuddin described Ali Tinju’s statement as “dangerous” and reminded the former soldier to “respect the rule of law and constitution”.

“This is not a cowboy country. We have a constitution, we have laws. Don’t simply make threats,” he said.
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