Thanks to blogger scott thong for the pixs. And you are right Joe, two more to go – RPK and Kickdefella. And 64 more @ the Kamunting Detention Camp, plus others we do not know who had been ‘disappeared’.
Read Teresa’s statement here: DETENTION is POLITICAL. She is suing the government for unlawful detention.
“I see my detention as a ploy by Umno to cover up its embarrassment over the Ahmad Ismail’s racist remarks,” she said in referring to the suspended Umno’s Bukit Bendera division chief. (Malaysiakini).
Below is ALIRAN’s statement: Two down, one more to go:
Condemn the OBNOXIOUS ISA:
Aliran applauds the release of Teresa Kok from the unjust and undemocratic detention under the obnoxious ISA. Nevertheless, we must record our strong objection against her arrest under the ISA last Friday, 12 September 2008, because she was unfairly subjected to this detention order that she did not deserve in the first place.
Arbitrary action despite no just cause for detention:
When there was no just cause for her detention, when there was not a shred of evidence to justify this wile action against her, yet the authorities acted rather arbitrarily without any conscience or shame.
Syed Hamid Albar, the laughing stock of this episode:
The Minister of Home, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, deservedly became a laughing-stock in this episode with his vain and ridiculous attempt to justify the detentions of Raja Petra, Tan Hoon Cheng and Terea Kok. The distorted versions for their detentions only brought shame to the Barisan Nasional which had no moral authority to act in this high-handed fashion.
Release RPK – how many charges do you want to slap on him, cowards!?
Now that Tan and Theresa have been released we can say, “Two down, one more to go!” Indeed, the last remaining detainee under the recent ISA detention exercise, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, must also be released immediately. After all he has already been charged for defamation and sedition.
Let the courts take care of him and and resolve the issues following “a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him” as is demanded by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Can cowards rise above politics? I very much doubt so…
With his detrioting health causing anxiety and worry for his well-being, our Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, must rise above politics and order the immediate release of Raja Petra.
This is something he is expected to do; this is something that he can do; this this is something which he has to do; The question is will he come across as a man of compassion and spare the nation from this unnecessary agony?