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Who is afraid of the yellow balloons?

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Balloon girl’ probed for handing out Bersih balloons

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 — Police have launched an investigation on a woman who was detained earlier today for distributing Bersih 4 balloons at an upscale shopping mall, according to the suspect’s lawyer.

It is understood that Bilqis Hijjas, the daughter of prominent architect Hijjas Kasturi, is being probed under Section 504 of the Penal Code for “provoking a breach of peace” by distributing the balloons at the Pavilion shopping mall in Bukit Bintang during the DiverseCity International Art Festival which Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had attended.

“Bilqis has been released on police bail… balloon girl ordered pizza. All is well,” her lawyer Michelle Yesudas said on microblogging site Twitter, adding that her client was released at about 9.40pm.

It is understood that Bilqis had dropped the balloons from the top floor of the mall which later fell behind the stage where Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah were seated.

The seven balloons were decorated with the words “Free media”, “Democracy” and “Justice”, among others.

Najib and Rosmah were said to have ignored the balloons.
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Balloon girl’ probed for handing out Bersih balloons
August 31, 2015 – MMO

Art stumped why PM likely insulted by democracy, justice

Lawyer Art Harun asks police why it is deemed insulting to the PM if a woman releases balloons bearing the words “democracy”, “justice” and “free media”.

PETALING JAYA: Lawyer and social activist Art Harun is stumped as to why a woman who released balloons bearing the words “democracy”, “justice” and “free media” would be arrested, then investigated by police for intentionally insulting Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor.

Commenting on a news report of the incident that took place yesterday when both were attending the DiverseCity International Arts festival at a shopping mall, Art dissected the issue from a legal perspective, painstakingly pointing out that instead of being seen to uphold justice and the laws of the land, the police, by investigating the woman under Section 504 of the Penal Code, were “actually insulting the PM”.

In a Facebook posting, Art explained that Section 504 concerned “Intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace” and asked innocently enough, “How could the act of dropping yellow balloons with the word “democracy”, “free media” and “justice” be insulting to our Prime Minister and/or his lovely wife?”

He argued that insults were normally statements that were “adverse” to a person or “untrue” about a person and which could be seen as a “derogatory remark”.

“Is the police saying that those words or concepts represented by those words are not reflective of the Prime Minister or the Prime Minister is adverse to the same and therefore he may be insulted by them?

“If so, then I say we are indeed in trouble.”

He also said that to “make a case” under Section 504, the police would have to prove that the woman’s act of dropping the balloons would provoke the PM and/or his wife “to break the public peace or to commit any offence”.

He gave possible scenarios of breaking public peace such as going “beserk” and running amok at the mall, even beating or maiming the woman or worst yet, killing her.

“Aiyoh! I think the police are underestimating the power of self-restraint that our moderate and wassatiyah Prime Minister has lah.

“By investigating under this section, the police are actually insulting the PM.”

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Art stumped why PM likely insulted by democracy, justice
September 1, 2015 – FMT

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