another clown join the circus

here is the new straits times online report yesterday by the deputy IGP on the reasons for the detention of raja petra, teresa kok and tan hoon cheng. looks like we got more than one clown apart from the Home Minister. can anyone in his/her right mind seriously believe in these reasons given to justify the use of the ISA? read for yourself (and the reb's rebuttal in bold):


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!)

Breaking their silence on the recent Internal Security Act blitz, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said their investigations showed there were no grounds to detain her further under the ISA.

(as usual, in malaysia, it takes a jolly long time to break the silence. either it is a case of these guy's brains taking so long to crank up and start thinking or there was no answer to give in the first place)

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.

(whose acts?  the reporter who reported the racist remark or the one who uttered and defended the racist remark? or the other guy whpo threatened the reporter? which act is the real threat to public order? the police are confused themselves over who is the victim and who is the perpetrator.)

(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.

Tan, however, was released 18 hours later following which Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar told a press conference that the reporter was detained under the ISA as "police believed her life was under threat".

(if her life was under 'threat', offer round-the-clock police protection as the reb has argued earlier. you don't use the ISA to 'protect' people. it is malai fides)

Syed Hamid's reasons for the reporter's detention had drawn flak from various quarters.

(serves him right. as Home Minister, he should know what he is doing and everyone now knows he really does not know what he is doing or saying! now the police have joined him in this circus)

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.

(if the police is so concerned about the situation, so arrest the perpetrator of that racist remark. he started the whole thing. now he is roaming free in the country. arrest the other guy who publicly threatened the life of the reporter. he is also scot-free. why no action is taken on them? the pilice says the investigation is already done. so, there is no case for these 2 guys? no more bull-shit)

"Our actions were based on intelligence reports and observations that certain acts by the individuals concerned were detrimental to national security."

(obviously, very faulty intelligience reports. like the americans before 9-11. who are those guys preparing the reports? have they really asked teresa first for her view on the rumours? did they go and ask the mosque committees? did they ask the originator of the peoples' petition in puchong for his opinion? if the police never asked these 3 persons and groups. how did they come to the conclusion that she was the one who was responsible? who are the ones providing the intelligience reports? obviously, they failed here and should be sacked. teresa should also sue the police here for their shoddy intelligient job because she was detained under ISA based on shoddy intellgience work. sue the police with punitive measures)

Ismail explained that an arrest under the ISA provided police with the means to investigate and verify whether the intelligence received could be substantiated. 

(one could have gone and ask yb teresa to provide more details. she would have told the police her side of the story. you don't need to arrest someone with the ISA just to get the information here. she is no terrorist or communist. it is a case of using an elephant gun to shoot a fly!) 

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.

(if you need time, do your police work first. only when you have the correctly ascertained facts and the proof you need, then arrest those involved and charge them with the appropriate acts.)