Sin Chew reporter ISA-ed, Teresa Kok makes 3Posted: September 13, 2008
UPDATE 2: Teresa Kok the third to be detained under ISA. From Kit Siang’s blog HERE: “I have just been informed that Selangor Senior Exco Member and DAP MP for Seputeh Teresa Kok has been arrested by the police at 11.18 p.m. when returning to her condominium in her constituency.”
It is just painful.
UPDATE: Just in from Haris’ blog HERE, Sin Chew reporter Tan Hoon Cheng has been arrested today under the Internal Security Act at 8.30pm at her home in Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
A tear just rolled down my cheek.
Where is the justice in this?
At a time when everyone is concerned about RPK’s well being, and whether he is being treated right under the custody of the police, and about how the government has, yet again, used the ISA to curb our rights to freedom. Be it freedom of speech, or freedom of expression, the right to legal counsel, the right to defend oneself.. The list goes on.
At a time like this, Bernama has this report:
The arrest of blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin under the Internal Security Act (ISA) Friday afternoon should serve as a warning to irresponsible bloggers who flout the law, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said many bloggers might be thinking that they could get away from facing the ISA if their blogs were based overseas and therefore not subjected to this country’s laws.
“It is not appropriate that the ISA is only been used against Raja Petra while the other irresponsible bloggers are free to do as they please,” he told reporters at Kampung Sungai Burung, here Friday.
I don’t even remember why I bothered with Bernama at all. Might as well check out Utusan Malaysia and see what they’ve got there. (Have checked. Nothing there)
Makes me wonder, who else do they have in mind who are the “irresponsible bloggers”? Somehow I’m willing to bet that if there’s a blogger “next-in-line” after RPK, that blogger will most definitely not be an anti-PKR one.
Apparently, from what I read on the YouTube message from Marina (If you haven’t watched it, go HERE), RPK was arrested under the ISA because he “wrote anti-government articles that could confuse the people”. The other reason being that he was disrespecting the sanctity of Islam.
I don’t want to talk about the Islam bit, you can read what Tulang Besi has to say HERE.
What I’m curious about is the “anti-govt articles that could confuse the people” bit. If we were seriously to take Zahid Hamidi’s advice, and see RPK’s ISA detention as a warning, would it mean that we cannot write anything that is against BN?
Or maybe the “anti-govt articles” that we write don’t have enough oomph to “confuse people”. So is that why up till now, although there are so many anti-govt blogs that write so many anti-govt articles with foul language and photos to boot, they’ve not been ISA-ed? Because as long as we’re not as well-read as Malaysia-Today, and have not reached the level of being able to “confuse the people”, we’re alright?
Could that also mean that if you write an anti-PR blog with anti-PR articles and with a following as large as Malaysia-Today so much so that you could “confuse the people”, you’d still be alright because you’re not writing “anti-government articles”?
Or wait. Maybe the many mushrooming and mushroom-ed “anti-BN blogs” that, although have not reached the level of being able to “confuse the people”, are actually the ones that Zahid Hamidi is talking about. You know, the “other irresponsible bloggers” who are still “free to do as they please”. Maybe.
A prelude of the 1987 Ops Lalang? I don’t know. Wasn’t old enough then to know anything about it.
But on the verge of a clamp-down? Sure has the makings of one.