* Internal Security Act, Malaysia’s most vicious law *
I got the answer to my earlier posts which asked the question “Calls for ISA from Dap deputy chieft too?
Dap supremo Lim Kit Siang said in his blog today that ‘…Gunasekaran denies…’
I have checked with Gunasekaren and he has denied that he had made the remark about the ISA detention attributed to him. DAP stand for the repeal of the nefarious detention-without-trial Internal Security Act is clear. All ISA detainees should be released immediately or be charged in court to avail them of an opportunity to defend themselves in an open trial. We disagree with the demonstrators though we respect their right to protest against the Bar Council forum, which must be done peacefully and civilly.
Earlier I blogged that PAS Youth chief Salahuddin Ayub had not asked for the Bar Council (Conversion to Islam) Forum organisers to be ISA-ed. He denied so in Malaysiakini. He said he was not in favour of anyone being ISA-ed.
So why did Malaysiakini report it like this on 11 August?
Today, various leaders of Islamic NGOs, Malacca Chief Minister Mohd Ali Rustam, Umno Puteri information chief Shahaniza Shamsuddin and PAS Youth chief Salahuddin Ayub were among those who have suggested that Ambiga and the Bar Council be cited under the ISA and Sedition Act for Saturday’s incident. (Malaysiakini).
Then on 12 August, the same online paper said that “a local daily” mentioned Salahuddin as one of the leaders who called for the organisers to be incarcerated under that draconian law:
The PAS leader was quoted in a local daily as being in favour of the Act being used against the Bar Council and it’s leaders. (Malaysiakini)
But at least Malaysiakini tried to correct the perception, but it has to be more careful, and do tell exactly which local daily carried the news.
I can’t find the “local daily” which had featured Salahuddin’s alleged statement, though. Maybe someone can enlighten me?
What did we say about taking everything in the newspaper with a shovel of salt – whether mainstream, government owned or alternative?
Anyway, it appears that another Pakatan Rakyat MP had also suggested that the demonstrators be ISA-ed.
Its state deputy chief [DAP Negri Sembilan State] and Senawang asemblyman P. Gunasekaren said police should have arrested the demonstrators rather than allowed three of them to enter the Bar Council office, which was private property.
“It is sad that the police allowed them to dictate terms. The demonstrators should be arrested and detained under the Internal Security Act for stoking racial sentiments,” he said when met at the district police station in Seremban 2. (STAR, via Charles Hector’s blog)
Isn’t that shocking too? But can we believe the newspapers now after the Salahuddin Ayub’s blunder, no matter what our personal opinions be about PAS or even the DAP?
I am awaiting P Gunasekaran’s denial, and so he has.
I am not sure who’s lying. We either have PAKATAN MPs who are two-faced or newspapers who have breached journalistic ethics and the readers’ trust.