Monday, September 15, 2008

Free Teresa, Abolish ISA!

Dear Friends,
I have just read and signed the online petition: "Free Teresa, Abolish ISA!"

To: All Malaysians & Friends

The Barisan Nasional Government has on the 12 September detained Member of Parliament for Seputeh, state assemblywoman for Kinrara as well the senior state executive councillor for Selangor, without trial under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA).

She has been accused of stirring up racial sentiments by instigating residents to petition against mosques in Kinrara and Kota Damansara to lower the volume of their speakers. Teresa has denied these allegations and both mosques have already come out to deny these accusations. She has already threatened to sue Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, the former Selangor Menteri Besar and Utusan Malaysia for making and publishing these unfounded allegations.

The arrest of Sdri Teresa Kok, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the Hindraf 5 as well as others is hence arbitrary, high-handed and a mockery of democracy. By labelling Teresa and others as threats to national security without any shred of evidence is a travesty of justice and a gross violation of human rights.

The petitioners hence resolves that the BN government should not use draconian powers under the ISA to cling on to power and demands the immediate and unconditional release of Teresa, Raja Petra, the Hindraf 5 and other detainees. In addition, we the petitioners demand the immediate repeal of the ISA to prevent abuses that oppresses the fundamental liberties of each and every Malaysian.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

http://www.petitiononline.com/freetkok/petition.html


I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you mightagree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and considersigning yourself.

The SUN Reported: Khir, journalist, have seven days to apologise to Kok

SHAH ALAM (Sept 10 2008) : Former Selangor mentri besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo and an Utusan Malaysia journalist have been given seven days to retract accusations against Kinrara state assemblywoman Teresa Kok and to apologise to her.

(part of the news)

Taking questions from an Utusan Malaysia reporter on whether she had problems with a mosque near her home, Kok said: "My home is near the masjid and I have no problems with this.

"State executive councilor for health, estate, workers, poverty and caring government Dr Xavier Jayakumar said: "We take these allegations seriously."As far as Selangor is concerned, we expect a retraction and apology in writing to us within seven days.

If not, the state government will initiate legal action against Utusan Malaysia and the writer over this article, which is without credit and not factual," he said.

In a statement to the media, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s political secretary, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, said Kota Damasara mosque committee member Ustaz Hassan Basri had confirmed that the matter was a non-issue.

http://selians.blogspot.com/2008/09/khir-journalist-have-seven-days-to.html

With above it is clear that :

1. Arrest was based on the bloggers posting and Utusan.
2. There was no report made against her at that time
3. She has cleared her standing and demanded apology
4. The state government has said "If not, the state government will initiate legal action against Utusan Malaysia and the writer "
5. Kota Damasara mosque committee member Ustaz Hassan Basri had confirmed that the matter was a non-issue
6. I saw news paper reported that says "Police Reports made aginst her" on Sept 14. That means Arrest first then make police report?

Hope police comes with a clear clarification.

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