But police acted cowardly again when Cheng Lee Whee, 26 was arrested on 17 October 2008 under ISA at 10.45pm at Sri Alam Police Station, Taman Sri Alam, Johor Bahru, Johor.
Cheng was arrested under the tough security law which allows for detention without trial after giving statement 112 to Inspector Azman Bin Mustafa.
She was giving statement regarding a unlawful arrested on 27 villagers and Human Rights activists when defending Kampung Baru Plentong Tengah from being demolished by developer Bukit Lenang Development Sdn Bhd on 16 October about 10.30 morning.
She lodged a police report against the arrest and called for immediate release of all villagers and activists. Inspector Azman is the Investigating Officer (IO) for this case.
She was taken by the police to the Pasir Gudang police station. DSP Mohd Nor, CID chief of IPD Sri Alam confirm that Cheng was arrested under Section 28 (Dissemination of false reports) under the act. He said the police will apply remand order at tomorrow morning.
The use of the ISA is totally unjustified and indefensible. It only shows that despite being a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Malaysian government pays scant respect to human rights. It is unfortunate that the government decided to switch from the use of the court of law to the use of the ISA in dealing with the issues.