Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Maria freed; PAS' tit-for-tat threat; Pasir Salak mob released

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KINI ROUNDUP Here are the key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.

Maria released after 10 days in detention

Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah was released after 10 days in detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma), but no explanation was given.

Released a day ahead of her habeas corpus hearing, Maria said other laws may be used against her and that she was informed that police have ceased investigations under Sosma.

Speaking alongside her overjoyed sons, Maria said she did not know where she was held as she was blindfolded each time she was moved out of her cell, and that she was fed meagre meals.

Maria, who vowed to challenge her detention, which she said was "unjust", was surrounded by about 600 supporters who braved heavy rain to celebrate her release at Dataran Merdeka.

Her release came as the office of women's rights NGO Empower, which she had once led, was raided by police who seized documents relating to its finances, citing Sosma.

PAS threatens to derail marriage law amendments

PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said Muslim MPs can withhold support for amendments to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976, to prevent unilateral conversions.

This is if non-Muslim MPs tried to interfere with PAS president and Marang MP Abdul Hadi Awang's Private Member's Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (Act 355).

MCA central committee member Ti Lian Ker slammed this as vindictive.

Separately, Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz said Hadi is tabling this bill as the PAS-led Kelantan government had failed to make the state a model Islamic state.

Pasir Salak mob released early

Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman's son and 10 others who ambushed Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad were released after one night in the lock-up, despite police securing a four-day remand against them.

Nazri, meanwhile, said the ambush on Parliament grounds as well as the attack on cartoonist Zunar's Penang exhibition by Umno leaders there do not reflect Umno's culture.

Other Kinibites

Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar gave an audience to Bersatu Youth leader Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, despite police probing Syed Saddiq for sedition on his open letter protesting the sultan’s decree banning street protests in Johor.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrested two civil servants in Malacca and Johor on suspicion of asking for bribes for local government projects and taking state land, respectively. It also froze their bank accounts containing millions of ringgit.

Looking ahead

The annual general assemblies of Umno's Wanita, Youth and Puteri wings will be officiated at 8pm tonight.

Perkasa will hold a press conference to announce its latest line-up.

The Bar Council will host a forum to discuss whether Sosma is the new Internal Security Act (ISA).

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