Photo @ Malaysiakini.com
MALAYSIA’s MOST FAMOUS BLOGGER and MALAYSIA-TODAY WEBMASTER RAJA PETRA KAMARUDIN goes to jail on 6 May. He is charged under the Sedition Act for writing an article on MALAYSIA’s most controversial murder case: ALTANTUYA SHARIIBUU, from Mongolia. He is currently detained in the Sungai Buloh prison, until his hearing date on 6 October. This is the story of his arrest.
UPDATE 6: 10.56pm, 7 May:
Reporters Without Borders: Web censorships fears as online journalist faces sedition charge
UPDATE 5: 5am, 7 May:
Under the Sedition Act, a “seditious tendency” implies, among other things, “a tendency to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against any Ruler or against any Government”. Are we to conclude that alleging complicity in a murder case on the part of a government leader is tantamount to causing the Malaysian public to go against the entire (federal) government? Would one supposedly rotten apple spoil the whole tree? (Mustafa K. Annuar and Anil Netto, ALIRAN)
UPDATE 4: 7.15pm
DAP supremo and MP (Ipoh Timur) Lim Kit Siang raised Raja Petra’s issue in Parliament, while debating the Royal Address. He criticised Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor for “abusing the laws” in allegedly getting Raja Petra to be charged for sedition. And urged husband and wife to use other legal means to deal with Raja Petra (Malaysiakini).
UPDATE 3: 2.25pm
See some photos of Raja Petra and supporters here @ hijau-sirih.
UPDATE 2: 1.54pm
He goes to jail and refuses to post bail @ RM5,000. He chooses to remain in prison until the hearing date, which is 6 October, according to a sms I received. And until the RM5,000 is collected. We shall do our part, we brothers and sisters of Raja Petra.
Only an innocent man will choose this path. I can’t say much for the murderers of Altantuya.
“I am happy. I want to challenge the government. We bloggers have declared war on the government. We are not scared of the government. The government should be scared of us,” he told reporters before going into the court.
“Is it seditious to influence people against corrupt leaders? There is nothing seditious,” he said. “Do you think I do not have evidence?” (Associated Press).
UPDATE 1: Before 1.54pm
According to Malaysiakini today:
RAJA PETRA KAMARUDIN was charged under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act for publishing seditious article on April 25 on Malaysia Today. If found guilty, Raja Petra could be jailed for a maximum of three years and/or face a fine of up to RM5,000. The chargesheet also highlighted nine paragraphs of the article as seditious. Deputy Public Prosecutor Nordin Hassan is prosecuting while Raja Petra was represented by a team of six lawyers led by Karpal Singh.
News about Raja Petra’s case spread like a wild fire last night and this morning a large crowd had gathered at the court complex to show support for him. Also present were DAP leaders Lim Kit Siang and Ronnie Liu as well as Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar.
MAY THE TRUTH SAVE RAJA PETRA and ALL of US!
Yesterday I wrote:
Tomorrow is Altantuya Shariibuu’s 30th Birthday. And she is dead. Blown to smitherns. How will her two young sons wish their mama ‘Happy Birthday’?
RAJA PETRA KAMARUDIN, who wrote a hard-hitting article about her murder in Malaysia Today will be charged in the majistraits court in Jalan Duta tomorrow, at 9.30am, under the Sedition Act.
On Monday, Raja Petra met with Altantuya’s dad, Stev Shariibuu, to extend his condolences. A very human thing to do!
But what happenned on Friday?
On Friday, police went uninvited to Raja Petra’s home and seized his computers, later forcing him to make statement.
And now this! All I can say is BLOODY HELL!
The timing is PERFECT!
It’s a bloody political charge – everything’s political, as RPK says, from his website, najib and altantuya.
I hope bloggers and supporters who can make it, will be there for RAJA PETRA tomorrow.
Make sure HE CAN COUNT ON US!
Raja Petra says (in his article) “Let’s send Altantuya’s murderers to hell”.
I have the feeling it’s going to happen soon. Yeah, sooner than we can ever imagine!