Sunday, September 14, 2008

Masjid Kinrara siad Teresa was not involved but Syed Hamid says otherwise

Masjid Kinrara, the mosque which is embroiled in an azan controversy, said DAP parliamentarian Teresa Kok was not involved in the petition to lower the volume of its loudspeakers.

According to Abdul Rahman Nasir (left), who is head of the mosque committee, Kok had never set foot in Masjid Kinrara to present the residents' petition. Kok was arrested under the Internal Security Act for allegedly causing tension and conflict among races as laid out in the notice issued by the Special Branch police to her next of kin.

Former Selangor Menteri Besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has earlier alleged that Kok had submitted a petition calling for the mosque to "tone down" the azan. Early this week, Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia has picked on Khir Toyo's comment and highlighted the issue.

Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar said Teresa had started a very sensitive issue with the question of the azan and that's why she was arrested under the ISA.

Syed Hamid Albar has implied that Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng was also to be blamed for the public furore over the ‘Chinese squatter’ remark.

“The whole thing was started by her, (so) it was best that we talked to her,” Syed Hamid said.

Syed Hamid said the ripple effects from Tan’s article had caused “the polemic and fear” thus warranting investigations by the police.

“That information is from her and it was published. (Since) it has been published, it is best that we get to the bottom of it by getting the information from her," Syed Hamid said.


Source: Malaysiakini: Kok not involved in azan petition, says mosque; Minister: Journalist to be blamed too

Gerakan acting present Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon has called on the government to either amend or abolish the Internal Security Act.

He said the existence of the act painted a very negative perception of the country to the outside world, adding that it was also irrelevant considering the country had a sound judicial system in place.

“It is time this act be seriously looked at. Gerakan strongly urges the government to abolish the ISA once and for all.

“There is no reason why anyone should be subject to the provisions of this act which simply means detention without trial when the authorities can use the judicial system instead,” he said after opening the state Gerakan convention here.

Koh said the judicial system was far more transparent in terms of the legal and social aspects as compared to the ISA. “When you detain someone under the ISA, it gives room for people to draw all kinds of conclusions and provides plenty of room for manipulation.

"Gerakan, for one, is against taking action against the Press as this is clearly against the freedom of expression which is provided for under the Federal Constitution,” he said.

Koh Tsu Koon said it was ironic that the “man who burnt down the house was still free, while the person who cried fire” had been detained.


Source: NST: Gerakan calls for ISA to be amended or abolished

The MCA has expressed shock that former Bukit Bendera Umno division chairman Datuk Ahmad Ismail, who made racist remarks has not been taken to task but reporter Tan Hoon Cheng, who wrote about the incident, has been arrested instead.

“The perpetrator who vowed to conduct a nationwide roadshow on his remarks without any remorse is still at large,” MCA vice-president Datuk Ong Tee Keat said in a statement yesterday.

He said anybody in his right mind would certainly be stunned by such an arrest targeted at the reporter and not the perpetrator.

MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn said he disagreed with the use of the ISA on Tan.

“As a reporter, Tan was only carrying out duties assigned to her. Her story had gone through the due editorial process before it was printed,” he said.

Source: The Malaysian Bar


Wanita MCA chief Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said MCA had all the while asked the Government to review the law, which many had deemed as draconian.

“ISA must be used only for national security with the confidence of all Malaysians.

“But, if at all the ISA is seen to create more non-confidence and confusion among Malaysians, then the Government must review it,” she said.

“We (the MCA) will definitely, after this (episode), be even more vocal and more determined to ask for a review of the ISA,” she said.

In IPOH, former MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said there was no reason for Tan to be detained under the ISA.

”It has shocked society at large. People are disappointed and regret what has happened to the reporter when all she had done was report what (Bukit Bendera Umno division chief) Datuk Ahmad Ismail uttered.

”Perhaps, the police could have held her for questioning but to use the ISA on her, many feel the matter has gone overboard,” he said.

MCA Youth’s secretary-general Dr Wee Ka Siong strongly condemned the use of ISA on Tan. He said there was no justification for Tan’s detention under the ISA.

"We are disappointed as the person who made the remark was not arrested but the person who reported the matter was arrested,” Dr Wee said.

Party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said journalists were just carrying out their duties and should not be detained under the Act.

“We have principles and we are standing by it. We are drawing a clear line that the MCA is against the use of ISA on any journalists, more so in this case,” Ong said.


Source: The Star


Even brainless guys knows how to create stupid excuses. The man who created the polemic and fear - Khir Toyo, Ahmad Ismail and Utusan Malaysia - they were safe and sound asleep with their wives and children. Instead, Teresa Kok was accused of alleged sedition and she was arrested; Tan Hoon Cheng was reporting what she heard and was arrested under the ISA. Where is the rule of law and the rule of natural justice?

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20 comments:

Anonymous said...

maverick

you still think there's rule of law here. long gone under the days of mahatir. rule by law? plentiful!

CaptainCaveman said...

I pray for all Malaysian...

CaptainCaveman said...

I am really speechless of what our government is doing lately...i mean those recent ISA detentions...

Abu said...

When the minister skews the meaning of justice and blames the journalist for reporting an incident where the culprit for causing "polemic and fear" goes free, what justice is this? That Ahmad has been suspended for 3 years by his political party has nothing to do with the law. He is still liable to be punished by the law. By making such an inflammatory speech, Ahmad should be the one locked up.

As far as Teresa Kok is concerned, has the minister spoken to the mosque committee concerned before embarking on such a drastic action as detaining someone without trial?

The calibre of the minister is called to question. He can't differentiate right from wrong. He is the law and the justice, duh?

Purple Haze said...

Now he says that he did not sign the order but rather it was done by the Police.

Uh-oh. The blame game has started and this issue is not a small one.

artchan said...

If anyone can believe Botak...cows can fly.

He is just trying to keep his minister's post. Why was he removed as foreign minister? Incompetency or ?? AAB's mistake was that he did not retire the Botak when he had the opportunity.

All this ISA thing is not AAB..he is too incompetent to make that decisions. I would think he was bullied into it by his own precarious position as PM.

KIMHO8 said...

ISA = Institute of Syed hamming Albar

bayi said...

Justice from the eyes of Syed Hamid.

Injustice from the eyes of the rakyat.

There is a big, no, enormous credibility gap.

When the government loses its credibility, its days are numbered.

Anonymous said...

If Trsa Kok is not responsible about this azan issue then there must be a real 'hero' somewhere.

KIMHO8 said...
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KIMHO8 said...

ISA = Institute of Syed hamming Albar

What a Cap-Parang Arabia Ham Actor!

Anonymous said...

BN serba boleh. Havent we all heard? That if you need a scholarship go see our DPM - he can help. If your AhLong has threaten to kill you go seek Hamid to ISA you. Now we know that actually there is a provision for ISA to protect you.
Real bunch of nincompoop Ministers we have in BN.

Raja Hanim

Anonymous said...

Do you all really think Si-Botak is stupid, an idiot and nincompoop? I don't think so. He knows exactly what he is doing and he is doing them blatantly. There is absolutely no respect to the people be it our rights or intelligence. His so called stupid excuses are clearly a 'brush off' and outright insult to all of us. I see many posts trying to educate him on what he should and should not do. Waste of time as he knows exactly what he is doing. He doesn't see himself as an elected servant of the public but a feudal lord with power to shut us up and make us toe their line. Those who have voted for our tormentor are the stupid ones. Real nincompoops.

Maverick SM said...

CaptainCaveman,

I am flabbergasted.

Abu,

The right is wrong and the wrong is now called the right. What is wrong and what is right? It's at the discretion of the arse.

Purple Haze,

Ya, cows and pigs do fly nowadays.

KIMHO8,

That's a nice abbreviation.

Bayi,

But the days though a few only are distressing.

Raja Hanim,

Haha..I just learnt that ISA is used to protect innocent.

toolan said...

Hi Mav,

I hate to say this - "see I told you before, where got law in Malaysia now, it is only UMNO law".

Syed Hamid Alba, for the record proved without reasonable doubt that he is incompetent, incapable and waste of tax payer money putting him up there.

Again, like a good surgeon's advice, Malaysian have to amputate it's arm now before it causes anymore irreversable damage.(I do not mean literally).

Maverick SM said...

Toolan,

Got lah, got law lah! We have in-law, outlaw, and protective laws like ISA; we arrest the innocent and put them in jail so that the evil guys who are outside cannot harm the innocent inside; inside safer mah.

toolan said...

Evening Mav,

That is another idea! All the innocent people get put into ISA, see if they have space for all of us in Kamunting or not....
Hei, Mr.Minister there is about 27 million of us, got enough space for us innocent and vulnerable people or not?
Precisely mah! The loud mouth racists pigs is running loose(I bet this very moment he is enjoying himself somewhere) and Ms.Tan who is doing her job gets ISA.
Actually, any news of YB Teresa Kok and RPK or not?

Maverick SM said...

Toolan,

The government will soon award a project to built a detention camp to house all innocent people so that they are safe from the venomous guys at large. The project will likely be awarded to Scomi using the bus and train carriage.

TODMAG said...

There is an accurate description for our seemingly idiotic BN ministers.

They know exactly what they are doing, they are trying to instigate racial riots like May 13.

they are EVIL

May Judgment fall on them for their wicked plans

Maverick SM said...

TODMAG,

If the ministers knows what they are doing and they are instigating the races to disintegrate then they don't deserved to be our ministers.