PETALING JAYA, Dec 11 (MySinchew) -- Tourism and culture minister Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz insists that the police detained Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah under Security Offenses (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) on the instruction of IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
He said the decision to detain Maria Chin had nothing to do with the government, cabinet or the ruling coalition.
"The government and cabinet were totally unaware of this.
"Talking about personal view, I feel that SOSMA should not be applied on politicians or people with their own political beliefs. Therefore, it should not be used on Maria Chin Abdullah."
However Nazri said Bersih 5 was illegal because it was unconstitutional to topple a democratically elected leader.
"The IGP's move was for the good of the country's safety," he added.