KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22, 2015:
Bilqis Hijjas, who dropped yellow balloons on an event attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife last month, will be brought to the magistrate’s court tomorrow.
The dancer will be charged under Section 14 of the Minor Offences Act 1955 for “insulting behaviour”, says Lawyers for Liberty in a statement.
Bilqis, 35, will be represented by lawyer Michelle Yesudas.
Adding that Bilqis is now better known as “Balloon Girl, the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) said that if found guilty, Bilqis could be subject to a fine not exceeding RM100.
“Bersih 2.0 is aware that this brave woman has maintained that she is not guilty as according to a posting she made on Facebook ‘dropping balloons is not a crime’.
“Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah will also be present at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court at 9am tomorrow as a sign of solidarity with Bilqis.
“Bersih 2.0 condemns the accusations levied at Bilqis, which are intended to punish this young woman for a ridiculous ‘crime’.”
Bilqis, the daughter of reknowned Malaysian architect Hijjas Kasturi, had on Aug 31, dropped balloons with the words “democracy”, “free media” and “justice” from the fifth floor of the Pavilion Shopping Mall the day after the Bersih 4 rally.
Najib and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, were attending an event on the floor below.
The balloons landed behind a giant television screen used for the event and Bilqis was caught by the mall’s auxiliary police moments later and handed over to Dang Wangi police for further action.