Updated: Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:25:55 GMT | By Agence France-Presse

Malaysia anti-graft activist harassed by govt: Amnesty

Rights group Amnesty International Wednesday accused Malaysian authorities of persecuting activists pressing a huge corruption and murder case allegedly linked to Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Opposition leaning human rights organisation Suaram has alleged that a kickback worth $160 million was paid to a company linked to Abdul Razak Baginda, an associate of Najib, for a $1.1-billion submarine purchase in 2002.

Abdul Razak has been acquitted of charges of abetting the 2006 murder of his mistress, Mongolian interpreter Altantuya Shaariibuu, which was linked to the submarine deal inked when Najib was defence minister.

At the request of Suaram, French judicial officials opened an investigation in March 2010 into the sale of the two Scorpene submarines, which were made by French shipbuilder giant DCNS.

Najib has denied any link to that case. The Malaysian government has also maintained that the submarine deal was free of graft.

But Amnesty said in a statement that harassment of Suaram has increased over the past year with one of its prominent members, Cynthia Gabriel, being investigated by police for sedition.

Gabriel was questioned Wednesday for comments made at a July 19 dinner to raise funds for their work on the corruption allegations.

She was quizzed under the Sedition Act, which criminalises a wide array of activities, leading critics to accuse the government of using it to persecute opponents.

"It sends a chilling message to human rights defenders in the country, and must end," Isabelle Arradon, Amnesty International's deputy Asia Pacific director, said of the use of the law against Suaram.

Aug 7, 2013 9:27AM
To really want to serve the country.. berkhidmat untuk negara ...you'll have to be like Ms.CYNTHIA GABRIEL  ...of SUARAM. GOD bless you Cynthia .. We know it is never easy to fight on and seek the truth ..esp when odds are stack-up high against you.
Aug 9, 2013 12:07AM
Sedition Act this Sedition Act than beside that do the gov really know about law??? I've never heard any country which have so much Sedition Act over a few month period. Bodoh.
Aug 23, 2013 4:13PM
Gabriel, why are you getting involved in Malay (Govt) corruption? Are you not scared for your life? Remember, it is their country and besides you are a non-muslim. So be careful. Even the former  SUARAM chief now towing Government line!
Aug 7, 2013 9:20AM
yes, sorry to disappoint you guys ... it was said that Anwar had amassed a massive pile too .. that's why he has not given you his word that IF he becomes PM ...that he'll investigate and then pursue Dr.M to get him indicted with guilty as charged ..when there is adequate evidence to incriminate ..
Aug 9, 2013 3:32AM
Hello, Cynthia Gabriel, why should you worry if you are innocent?
Aug 7, 2013 8:36AM
Anwar and gangs had been  bigger graft-practitioners and why there had been no complain against him just yet...?
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