My mum treated inhumanely, claims Maria's son

  • Nation
  • Monday, 21 Nov 2016

Azumin (second from left) and his aunt Cynthia at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters.

PETALING JAYA: Maria Chin Abdullah's eldest son has lodged a police report over the alleged conditions in which the Bersih 2.0 chairman is currently being detained.  

Azumin Mohamad Yunus, 23, claimed his mother was being kept in solitary confinement in an unknown location while suffering from hypertension, high blood pressure and osteoarthritis.  

"She needs to take her medication to keep her condition under control. She had a check-up scheduled at Universiti Malaya Medical Centre on Sunday for her osteoarthritis.  

"She was not able to make it to the appointment because she was arrested," he said in his police report.  

Speaking to reporters at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters on Monday, Azumin claimed his biggest concern was that Maria would be taken away before her children would be able to see her.  

"She's basically in solitary confinement. The lights are on the whole time. She can't tell the time of the day. Her sleep is messed up because of that. She only received two sets of clothing and sleeps on a wooden floor," he claimed.  

"Her own family members don't know where she is being detained. We don't even know when we will see her or what is happening to her now. Maybe Sunday is the last time we will ever see her, we wouldn't know. That's what scares us the most," said a visibly emotional Azumin.  

Azumin said Maria seemed strong-willed when the family met her on Sunday at the Dang Wangi police headquarters despite looking tired.  

"We are just heartbroken right now. She is fighting for fair and clean elections. But she is rewarded by going to prison. Why is my mother being treated like a terrorist? She hasn't done anything wrong," he said. 

Also present at the police headquarters with Azumin were his aunt Cynthia Chin, lawyers N. Surendan, Melissa Sasidaran and Eric Paulsen.  

Several Opposition politicians and Bersih supporters also showed up in solidarity with Maria.  

Maria was detained on Friday in a pre-Bersih 5.0 swoop by police on several Opposition leaders and activists and is now held under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) at an undisclosed location.  


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