Yesterday, co-founder of Malaysian NGO MISI: Solidariti, Sarah Irdina, was arrested under the Sedition Act of the country. In the process of taking her prisoner, her mother was intimidated, the authorities raided her house and they confiscated her phone.
Requesting Malaysians to trend the #FreeSarah on social media, the 20-year-old was taken in, and questioned over a post on Twitter relating to the #Lawan movement.
The Sekretariat Solidariti Rakyat demands for 3 things, no less— MISI: Solidariti (@MSolidariti) July 1, 2021
1) Resignation of Prime Minister Muhyiddin
2) The convening of Parliament
3) The ending of the Emergency Proclamation
On the 3rd of July, raise the Black Flag if you support;#Lawan sampai #MuhyiddinLetakJawatan pic.twitter.com/bec7GlAonP
Earlier today, all the support came through and Sarah was fortunately released as well as sent home.
#FreeSarah update: Sarah's just been released. Was present with Sarah today at the police station. Cracked some jokes to make her feel at ease but it was her first time being questioned by the police. My respect to her and her friends for the work they are doing. pic.twitter.com/fSkqSjQYe1— Goh Cia Yee (@gohciayee) July 29, 2021
With regards to that, and the upcoming #Lawan protest which is to be held at Dataran Merdeka tomorrow (31st July 2021) at 11am, you may be wondering what to do, should you be stopped by the authorities.
Based on content we came across from @undi18my, here are steps on dealing with the matter.
1. Stay calm
2. Take note of their name
3. Only give your name, IC and address
If you are being arrested:
1. They MUST state the reason why
2. Follow them to the station and call the protest's legal team
3. Speak only to the lawyer present
If you are not being arrested:
1. You have permission to leave of your own accord
Do be sure to save the number of the protest's legal team, or the crisis hotline beforehand. Keep in mind that you have every right to know the law and practice it accordingly.
Besides that, if you follow SOPs, everything should go as planned!