KUALA LUMPUR: Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng was released after police verified that she was no threat to public order and national security.
(exactly what everyone is already saying. she was never a threat. so, why use ISA on her just to verify she was not a threat? properly do your investigation work first and you will already ascertain that she was never a threat. a classic case of putting the cart before the horse!)
In a three-page statement released yesterday, Ismail explained an arrest under the ISA was only made when police strongly believed that certain acts by individuals posed a serious threat to public order and national security.
(Tan had written the article where the then Bukit Bendera Umno division head Datuk Ahmad Ismail had referred to the Chinese community as immigrants in a campaign speech during the Permatang Pauh by-election.)
The ISA blitz saw police picking up Tan, Malaysia Today news portal editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Seputeh MP Teresa Kok in separate raids on Friday.
Syed Hamid's reasons for the reporter's detention had drawn flak from various quarters.
Ismail yesterday justified the use of the ISA saying it was to prevent racial and religious tension from escalating.
He pointed out that in recent weeks, there had been an escalation of racially insensitive, seditious and disparaging acts and remarks by individuals and organisations.
"Our actions were based on intelligence reports and observations that certain acts by the individuals concerned were detrimental to national security."
Ismail explained that an arrest under the ISA provided police with the means to investigate and verify whether the intelligence received could be substantiated.
Ismail added that police needed more time to investigate Raja Petra and Kok, on their alleged involvement in acts that could be consi-dered prejudicial to the national security.