Malaysian Youth Activist Claims Violation by Police

by | Aug 2, 2021 | NEWS | 0 comments

Sarah Irdina, the co-founder of MISI Solidariti’s, has claimed that the police had violated her by forcing her to strip naked at the Jinjang Police Station on July 29.

The 20-year-old activist was arrested under the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for posting a seditious statement on her Twitter account. The posting was for the #Lawan protest that took place on July 31st at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.

Sarah also said that the police were using unnecessary intimidation tactics against her and her family. The police were insisting that Sarah was not being cooperative although all she was doing was exercising her rights while being questioned. Her room was raided in search of devices that were used to post the seditious statement.

Her aunt who was at the place during the arrest pleaded to the police officers to release her while in tears. Sarah said, “Having my aunt see me in that state, detained under police custody, almost tore my heart in two. But I had to toughen up; I told her I would be okay.”

Sarah was brought to the Jinjang Police Station after the raid to be locked up till the next day for her remand hearing. She alleged that the police forced her to strip naked down to her underwear and change into police lockup attire. After 5 hours of what she described as “mental torture”, she was released early which she thanked the thousands of people standing in solidarity with her.