DAP adviser and founding chairperson Dr Chen Man Hin was today questioned by police for 75 minutes, following a claim by former party vice-chairperson Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim that an email sent by Chan last year contained the words “Malaysian Spring”.
According to DAP’s Bukit Kepayang assemblyperson Cha Kee Chin, who accompanied Chen (left) as his legal counsel, the investigation officer came all the way from Selangor to Seremban to take a witness statement from Chen under Section 112 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
“The police officer spent more than one hour, using different questions just to ask about the two words,” he told Malaysiakini when contacted today.
A report was made by the police themselves after Tunku Abdul Aziz accused the opposition of hatching a conspiracy to topple the government through violent street demonstrations.
He based his allegation on an email allegedly sent out by Chen on April 26, 2012, to all DAP central executive committee (CEC) members asking whether they would be attending the Bersih 3.0 sit-in protest in Dataran Merdeka on April 28.
Chen allegedly said in the email that he would be delighted to join the protest as it may be a beginning of a “Malaysian Spring”.
Tunku Abdul Aziz, who was still the party’s vice-chairperson when the email was sent, claimed that Chen was referring to the revolutionary street demonstrations in Arab countries like Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, dubbed the ‘Arab Spring’ that had toppled their governments.
Last Saturday, newly-promoted Inspector-general of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar (above) said he viewed the allegation seriously and has ordered an investigation into the claim as it could pose a threat to national security.
Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim
Dr Chen Man Hin
DAP adviser and founding chairperson