BN locks up Petra September 23, 2008Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
Tags: Abdullah Badawi, ISA, Malaysia Today, Najib Razak, Raja Petra, Syed Hamid Albar
Barisan Nasional has just scored a world’s first for Malaysia.
First blogger locked up without trial.
The fact that Raja Petra’s 2-year ISA detention order was signed by the Minister of Home Affairs just the night before his habeas corpus hearing this morning, shows Petra’s case is political, and has nothing to do with the waffle that BN has saying. It lends further credence to the fact that putting Petra into Kamunting is not negation of some of the articles and documents published in Malaysia. Otherwise existing laws which allows Petra to have an open trial would have been used.
Which makes us ask yet again, a question which everyone knows the answer to by now – who stands to gain in putting a prolific writer in a detention camp?
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Free RPK, Free Hindraf 5, Free All Detainees!
The Internal Security Act under Article 149 of the Malaysian Constitution permits the detention, at the discretion of the Home Minister, without charge or trial of any person in respect of whom the Home Minister was satisfied that such detention was necessary.
A week ago, we have witnessed yet again, the abuse of the ISA in the case of the detention of Raja Petra Kamarudin – Editor of Malaysia Today, Tan Hoon Cheng – Journalist, Sin Chew Jit Poh and Teresa Kok Suh Sim – Member of Parliament, Seputeh.
To demonstrate stand on the abolishment of the ISA and to show our solidarity and support with all ISA detainees and their families, we are organising a forum with invited speakers with details as follows:
Date: 23 Sep 2008 (Tue)
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Jln Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur
Admission is Free; Bring Friends
The panel of Distinguished Speakers include:
* Lim Guan Eng, Penang Chief Minister, DAP MP Bagan, ADUN Air Itam
* Teresa Kok, Selangor State Exco, DAP MP Seputeh/ADUN Kinrara
* A. Sivanesan, Perak State Exco, DAP ADUN Sungkai
* Khalid Samad, PAS MP Shah Alam
* Nurul Izzah binti Anwar, PKR MP Lembah Pantai
* Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Bar Council President
* Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, Chairman of Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI)
Moderator: Teo Nie Ching, DAP MP Serdang
The wives of some of the current ISA detainees, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, M Manoharan (DAP ADUN Kota Alam Shah) and V Ganabathirao will be present and be given an opportunity to speak. We should all be there to give the all the moral support we can! Forward to all your friends!
Abolish ISA or Abolish BN!