Archive for September 19th, 2008

DAP Seputeh MP Teresa Kok was released at 1pm today, after being held under the Internal Security Act for a week, revealed her lawyer Sankara Nair.

While I’m very glad and happy that MP Teresa Kok has finally been released from ISA, we must not forget why she was arrested in the first place – the lies perpetuate by Khir Toyo and Utusan. MP Teresa’s ISA detention is most ludicrous. It is the start of a most distressing and disturbing dark age in this country. Black can be white & white can be black depending on what the government wish it to be.

Teresa’s harbeus corpus hearing is to be held on 23-Sep-2008 (next Tuesday) and they release her before that. They know they have no legal grounds to hold her and the court would have ruled in Teresa’s favour anyway. I presume that in order for the Home Minister not to look too stupid, they released her.

Lets be realistic regarding this particular law and whether it is still relevant in cyber era. What are the laws for? Against the people who are “unarmed and unprotected by politics”, while those with political protection can get away with wrongs? As in the case of the “mighty then ABB” Ahmad Ismail! I guess he is a special 1st class rakyat who is excluded under ISA law since he uttered very dangerous racist remarks and got scot-free.

This is what I term as a double standard law which I feel can be abused by the government. If the law, in the eyes of he lawmakers is still relevant, it should however be amended so as to actually serve the actual purpose i.e. against communism, armed terrorists  and not others. The law now is being abused and used as a political tools to silent the dissenting voices.

As a simple Anakdesa, I personally think that the ISA should not be abolished but drastically amended so that the powers of detention are properly restricted and not based on the whims and fancies of the Home Minister or any police officer.

With the release, will the perception of the rakyat change on the ISA recently abused by the Government? Anakdesa for one have not. I sincerely felt that the Home Ministry should not have ordered or signed the warrant of detention in the first place. The drastic execution of the detention by the Home Ministry had only backfired on the Government. Looks like a desperado action by the Government.

To the Government, release the rest of the ISA detainees and charge them in the open court. Maybe then, the rakyat will change their mindset of you being an “arm-twister” government.


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