UPDATE: The said Deputy Internal Security Minister, Johari bin Baharom, was recently cleared by the ACA who investigated him based on allegations on an anonymous website which claimed that the deputy minister received millions in bribes to free several detainees held under the Emergency Ordinance.
Is freedom so cheap these days? Can we ask those lucky chaps who allegedly escaped from the draconian Emergency Ordinance (EO) recently. Are they for real?
According to the newspaper report, it takes only RM5 mil to secure freedom from the detention camps. Does it mean it also takes merely RM5 mil to buy one’s dignity, credibility, and honour. Ask the high ranking politician who was alleged to have accepted the money to assist in the release of several men detained under the Emergency Ordinance.
This doesn’t sound good coz the suspects are from various parts of the country, allegedly involved in illegal activities, including gangsterism, loan sharking, vice, violent crime, hijacking and extortion.
But why may I ask, are they detained under the Emergency ordinance, which means they are under detention without trial? The “illegal activities” mentioned above can be dealt with the existing laws in the country. But are they involved in “illegal activities” or ‘a threat to national security”?
Emergency Ordinance was said to be only used as the last resort to assist the police to detain and investigate in cases without solid evidence to prosecute someone or eradicate crime.
But “since January this year, police have arrested more than 300 people and have recommended to the Internal Security Minister to detain more than 200 of them under the ordinance”. (STAR)
What an over-crowded detention camp it would be! Are they no decent laws to detain these people, other than the EO or ISA?
Yesterday’s STAR report says that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said nobody was above the law and those who broke it would face action.
The country’s laws did not shield wrongdoers, he added. “Whoever breaks the law will not escape punishment, no matter what influence they may use to secure their release,” Najib said.
Najib, I am still waiting for you to break your (non) elegant silence over the murder case of Altantuya Shariibuu.
Who ordered the c4 explosives which were allegedly used to blow her up into pieces?
Have the police started questioning Musa, your chief security aid, who seem to be privy to to the crisis between the Mongolian woman and your chief analyst Abdul Razak Baginda (though I am now suspicious if you two still have a good relationship?)
Najib also said that it was up to the police to take any form of action even though the person is a high ranking politician. The ‘suspected’ deputy minister had denied the allegation here.
Welcome to the club of (non) elegant silent politicians (miniters or whatever)!