Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad turned up at Dataran Merdeka tonight to attend a vigil in solidarity with Bersih chief Maria Chin Abdullah who has been detained under the Special Offences (Security Measures) Act 2012.
"Free Maria, free Maria," he chanted with some 450 supporters.
Mahathir said the country is now ruled by a kleptocratic leadership.
"Few Bersih leaders have been arrested. Not only that, they are tortured. I'm sad when told that Maria was locked up in solitary confinement.
"This is a cruel act by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. People like this should not be a premier," he said.
Maria Chin is being investigated under Section 124C of the Penal for engaging in activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy and detained under Sosma, which allows for detention without trial of up to 28 days.
The vigil will be held daily until Maria is freed.
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