Teresa Kok’s press statement hours before her arrest September 13, 2008Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
Tags: ISA, Teresa Kok
Operasi Lalang Strikes Again?
Press statement by Teresa Kok on 12th Sep 2008 at Kuala Lumpur
Today, blogger Raja Petra was nabbed under the ISA – Internal Security Act. In the meantime, three dailies viz. Sin Chew Jit Poh, The Sun and PKR’s party organ, Suara Keadilan were also slapped with show cause orders for their coverage of recent controversial issues.
The reaction of the government makes us wonder whether this is a prelude to a new “Operasi Lalang 1987″?
In this globalised age, it is incomprehensible that government would use such brute tactics against dissenters yet again.
It is very sad that media professionals are once again used as scapegoats to pay for the wrong doings of bigoted UMNO politicians. I am reminded of the “Nude Squat” incident when senior editors of The China Press were dismissed to take the rap for their coverage of the matter although that was clearly a matter of public interest.
The quick reaction of government in the case of Raja Petra and the three dailies slapped with “show cause” orders contrasts sharply with the “kids’ glove” treatment given to UMNO extremists and their inciteful hate speech.
I call upon civil society to rise up and speak out against this latest oppression of the human spirit and the assault of freedom of speech.
If the government wishes Malaysians to continue supporting it as a legitimate democratic government, it should immediately and unconditionally release Raja Petra and rescind the “show cause” orders issued to the three dailies.