Monday, 9 March 2015

M’sian govt intimidating me, says Doris Jones

However Interpol says Malaysia has not contacted them to track down the human rights campaigner.

LONDON: A human rights campaigner says she is being “intimidated” after newspaper claims the Malaysian government had approached Interpol to track her down.

Doris Jones has lived in Northampton for 20 years, but is campaigning for the independence of East Malaysia.

“We are not allowed to practice freedom of speech. If you do you end up in prison,” she told BBC News on Saturday.

Interpol however said it has not been contacted by the Malaysian government over Jones.

Jones, 46, runs a social media movement called “Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia (SSKM)”, which promotes the secession of Sabah and Sarawak from Malaysia.

Malaysian media reports said police in the country were seeking help from Interpol to track down Jones on allegations of incitement under the Sedition Act.

The Act was introduced in 1948 to use against communist insurgents, but today bans any act, speech or publication that brings contempt against the government.

Most privately owned print titles in the country are run by business groups allied with the ruling coalition.


One of the articles appeared in The Star, which is majority-owned by MCA, part of the ruling Barisan Nasional alliance.

Jones said she would be “dragged by police to the court and imprisoned without charge” if she sets foot in Malaysia.

She said police had threatened her family in Malaysia and taken mobile phones from them.

“My parents, brothers and sisters can’t contact me at all,” she said.

A Foreign Office spokesman said the UK “defends the right of individuals to express their views without the threat of intimidation”.

“We urge the Malaysian government to pursue laws and practices that foster tolerance,” he said.

The Malaysian High Commission did not respond to BBC enquiries.

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