Update: She has been released on bail. Check out Aliran president Ramakrishnan’s statement here.
Here we go again:
Cheng Lee Whee, a Suaram volunteer in Johor, has been detained under Section 28 of the ISA after she had made a report accusing the police of abuse of power during the eviction of urban pioneers in Kampung Baru Plentong Tengah yesterday.
During the eviction, 27 others were arrested.
Section 28 reads: “Any person who, by word of mouth or in writing or in any newspaper, periodical, book, circular or other printed publication or by any other means spreads false reports or makes false statements likely to cause public alarm, shall be guilty of an offence.”
Section 28, however, requires the police to produce the suspect in court within 24 hours.