Free RPK, Free Hindraf 5, Free All Detainees!The Internal Security Act under Article 149 of the Malaysian Constitution permits the detention, at the discretion of the Home Minister, without charge or trial of any person in respect of whom the Home Minister was satisfied that such detention was necessary.
A week ago, we have witnessed yet again, the abuse of the ISA in the case of the detention of Raja Petra Kamarudin – Editor of Malaysia Today, Tan Hoon Cheng - Journalist, Sin Chew Jit Poh and Teresa Kok Suh Sim - Member of Parliament, Seputeh.To demonstrate stand on the abolishment of the ISA and to show our solidarity and support with all ISA detainees and their families, we are organising a forum with invited speakers with details as follows:
Date: 23 Sep 2008 (Tue)
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall, Jln Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur
Admission is Free; Bring Friends
The panel of Distinguished Speakers include:
Lim Guan Eng, Penang Chief Minister, DAP MP Bagan, ADUN Air Itam
Teresa Kok, Selangor State Exco, DAP MP Seputeh/ADUN Kinrara
A. Sivanesan, Perak State Exco, DAP ADUN Sungkai
Khalid Samad, PAS MP Shah Alam
Nurul Izzah binti Anwar, PKR MP Lembah Pantai
Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Bar Council President
Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, Chairman of Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI)
Moderator: Teo Nie Ching, DAP MP Serdang
The wives of some of the current ISA detainees, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, M Manoharan (DAP ADUN Kota Alam Shah) and V Ganabathirao will be present and be given an opportunity to speak. We should all be there to give the all the moral support we can! Forward to all your friends!
Gerakan, MCA and a number of UMNO ministers have asked for a review or repeal of the ISA. Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar brushed all these calls aside.
He said, "The Internal Security Act will not be reviewed or repealed for now". He said such preventive laws were still needed for the people to live in peace and security. Afterall, the minister approved the use of ISA on reporter Tan Hoon Cheng to protect her safety. She was living in "peace and security" for 18 hours. Never mind having to sleep on hard and cold cement.
However, he said a review could take place “when the time was right”. When is the right time? When BN lost power?
This shows the ineffectiveness of BN component parties trying to change from the inside. What are they going to do now if they can't even convince the UMNO leadership to review or debate on the draconian act?