A native social activist embarking from a plane was arrested, an NGO office in Kuching were raided by Malaysian authorities on Thursday in latest crackdown ahead of Sarawak state elections which must be held before June.
Sarawak authorities are reportedly nervous due to a never-ending stream exposure on corruption and land grabs by the ruling Barisan Nasional government under Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Abun Sui Anyit when contacted on Friday confirmed that he was arrested Miri airport, then escorted to Miri central police station for interrogation that lasted for several hours.
“I don’t know the motive behind the arrest but it is clearly a political motivated one,” he said.
According to Abun he was boarding a plane from Kuching to Miri when being detained and several of his possessions including CDs given to him by a contact in Kuching confiscated.
It is understood that the CDs were that of Radio Free Sarawak broadcasts, video clips by the alternative TV Sarawak Bebas and other political materials.
Abun was released on a bail and told to appear in Miri court on Feb 7.
In a related development, the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs raided the Kuching office of the Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA), a well-respected advocacy organization for the concern of Ibans, Sarawak’s main indigenous population.
During the raid, a number of CDs, leaflets and two CD duplicators were confiscated by the police. Several staff and friends of SADIA, including secretary general Nicolas Mujah, were brought to the Satok police station where they were questioned until after 3 a.m. local time.