PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar is looking at legal recourse for the "unlawful arrest and detention" that she was subjected to.
"I maintain that my arrest and detention was completely unnecessary, malicious, unlawful and an assault on the institution of Parliament," she said in a statement on Tuesday.
She claimed the government was in contempt of the courts by using provisions of the Peaceful Assembly Act Section 9 (5) that has been found unconstitutional by the courts and in contempt of parliament by using the Sedition Act on an MP for a speech in the Parliament.
"This is against the Parliamentary immunity, as conferred by Article 63(2) of the Federal Constitution," she alleged.
She said that Pakatan Rakyat would move to censure IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar under Section 7 of the Houses Of Parliament/ Act 347 (Privileges and Powers) Act 1952.
"We must reaffirm our Federal Constitution and Separation of Powers Principle by sanctioning the Police for contempt of court in both going against the court's decision in the ongoing investigations under Peaceful Assembly Act Section 9 (5) as well as Section 7 Act 347," she said.
Nurul Izzah claimed that her arrest was a clear sign the government is desperate, and is resorting to cowardly tactics to intimidate the opposition.
"We are more determined than ever to fight against the injustice and flagrant attack on democracy," she said adding that the people should also be mindful of the other activists that continue to be remanded and victimized in the ongoing sedition dragnet.
Nurul Izzah Anwar was released on police bail on Tuesday, after getting her statement recorded in connection with an allegedly seditious remark she uttered in Parliament.