KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 — Housewife Norlin Wan Musa has admitted today she was left in the dark as her husband, a former journalist, was arrested from their home in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya in the wee hours earlier this morning.
Relating the arrest, Norlin said several plainclothes policemen had leapt over the gates of their home at about 4.30am, before knocking on their doors to arrest her 50-year-old husband.
The mother of two alleged that the police did not inform her as to where her husband was taken, and up until now, had not informed her why.
“One of the policemen only showed an identification card to my husband and left hurriedly thereafter without telling us where they were going or why he was being arrested,” the 47-year-old told Malay Mail Online.
Later, Norlin said she later lodged a police report at the Bandar Utama police station about the incident, including the way her husband was apprehended.
Norlin said it was only at about 3pm today that she received confirmation from one the policemen at the Selangor police headquarters that her husband was being brought to Johor Baru to be remanded.
“But even then, he did not tell why my husband was being remanded,” she said, referring to the officer.
When contacted, a top police officer from the Petaling Jaya headquarters said he was unaware of the arrest but said it could have been the work of his colleagues from Bukit Aman.
Civil liberty group Lawyers for Liberty (LFL), who tweeted about the early morning arrest, has since condemned the police for the way the arrest was done.
“It was unprofessional and not in accordance with the law,” lawyer Melissa Sasidaran of LFL said, referring to the arrest.
LFL also tweeted that lawyer Siti Kasim will be accompanying his family to Johor in an attempt to meet him.
Norlin’s husband is believed to be arrested for tweeting about the demise of PAS spiritual leader Datuk Dr Haron Din, who passed away after seeking treatment for heart ailments on Friday.
The tweet has caused an uproar after Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi retweeted it from his account.
Ooi is now being investigated under Section 298 of the Penal Code, for allegedly intending to hurt the religious feelings of any person.