A Malaysian activist was yesterday detained under the Sedition Act hours after he called on the public to wear black tomorrow in protest against the Perak state government takeover by the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.
Police arrested Wong Chin Huat, a spokesman for poll reform group Bersih, at his home here yesterday.
Bukit Aman Commercial CID director Datuk Koh Hong Sun said he was detained for writing several articles, including one calling for a ‘Black Malaysia’ campaign, Bernama news agency reported.
If found guilty, he faces up to three years in jail, Malaysiakini reported.
Earlier in the day, Wong had called a press conference to issue a statement on behalf of Bersih – a coalition of opposition parties and NGOs which has been pressuring the authorities to improve election laws and administration.
He said the protest was aimed at Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is seen by many as the mastermind behind the February power grab triggered by the defections of four state representatives from the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition.
Wong also introduced Bersih’s campaign slogan for the wear-black call as ‘1BlackMalaysia: Democracy first, elections now‘, a play on Mr Najib’s ‘1Malaysia: People first, performance now’ tagline.
Wong said the 1BlackMalaysia campaign was a peaceful, yet powerful message of ‘civil disobedience’.
He urged the public to ‘paint every state, territory, town and village black with clothes, headbands, hats, turbans, veils, armbands, ribbons and stickers’.
‘Let us be united in one black colour and let’s show the world that the 1Malaysia under Najib is 1BlackMalaysia living in darkness,’ he said.
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