Nat: What *YOU* can do to help July 14, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
(poster by Mob’s Crib)
(Update: Please see this Malaysiakini video on the vigil)
Nat Tan was arrested at around 4.30 pm on Friday the 13th.
He was considered ‘missing’ for almost 6 hours, until the police finally admitted they had him in their custody. That’s six whole hours of running around in my heels and drowning in my worst possible fears.
On Saturday, the police will either free him by 4.30 pm or, a magistrate will be brought in / or he will be brought to a magistrate where Nat could be remanded up to 10 days.
The latter option isn’t good. Human rights groups have no problems with the police needing time for investigation, but for non-threatening, non-serious crimes being investigated, we are against remand and detention as they are unnecessary and proven to be used as a form of vendetta against socio-political activists.
There was once a blogger, Mack Zul, who blogged on Michael Soosai – a case which has the police looking mighty corrupt. He was contacted by the Cyber-crime Division and a couple of fellas went to have a friendly chat about internet and blogging. Nat can talk til the cops’ ears bleed about the internet, but did they accord him the same courtesy?
And have you ever seen a BN politician or a cop arrested and remanded for investigation? Were Musa Hassan and Johari Baharum treated the way they are now treating Nat when police reports were lodged against them?
There are some things one could do to help Nat.
Let the police know Nat has a lot of friends, fellow bloggers and supporters who will not take kindly to their kind of rubbish.
Be proactive by calling them, sending them faxes and SMSs. It can be a short letter, or an SMS, like “Bebaskan Nathaniel Tan – Jgn buli blogger”, or “Free Nathaniel Tan – Polis jgn diperalatkan politikus”.
You should also contact them to ask them what time exactly will they release Nat on Saturday (think positive!), or where and when will Nat be taken for his remand hearing?
Whatever suits your mood. The point is to flood their phones, mail boxes and fax machines, and to let them know that we are watching their every move, even if they go take a leak.
Here are key people:-
1. DSP Victor – Investigating Officer – 016 3043 669
2. ACP Tn Kamaruddin – Cyber-Crime Division – 019 6000 135
3. Tan Sri Musa Hassan
Inspector-General of Police
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia
50560 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 2262 6222
Fax: 03 2273 9602
Oh, don’t bother with the PM’s Department. His secretaries are not known for their reading skills, especially when it comes to public interest memorandum and letters.
Will update site when more information about Nat’s freedom / remand are known.