Monday, September 15, 2008

Hishammuddin Says ISA Use Not Justified Against Reporter But Evasive On The Other Arrests

Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said he personally felt that the Internal Security Act (ISA) should not have been used against Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng, and would be raising the matter at the next Cabinet meeting.

He said although he agreed to the use of the ISA to protect national security, it should not be invoked to save or protect any individual, which was given as the reason for Tan’s detention.

“For the other two cases (the ISA arrests of Malaysia Today news portal editor Raja Petra Kamarudin and Selangor executive councillor Teresa Kok), I feel the authorities are better in the know of the risks they posed, but I do not have the information to comment if the arrests were justified.

“But in the context of the reporter, the minister concerned (Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar) has stated the reasons but I personally feel the ISA should not have been used for the reasons he mentioned,” he told reporters after the launching the book Malaysia: From Traditional to Smart Schools - The Malaysian Education Odyssey, here on Monday.

Hishammuddin said in a multi-racial country like Malaysia, threats to the nation’s security and racial harmony must also be considered.

He also said the decision by the government to use the ISA should not be disputed by its members openly, but instead at the Cabinet.

He differed in this from de facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, who opposed the use of the ISA against civilians, and who has tendered his resignation over the issue. -- Bernama

***** Hishammuddin's statement is ambiguous at best and does him no favour.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

They all want to be seen as heroes. The person who really must feel like an idiot that he really is must be Syed Hamid. There should be pressure on him to resign. Bodolah might win a few friends back. On second thought, he better not otherwise Rosmah might be rolling with delight in her bed.


5:08 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only one that deserve praise and has the guts to speak up is Zaid Ibrahim. He understands the law, unlike Syed Hamid who just open his mouth and make a big fool of himself. We truly have a fool as Home Minister. Kerismuddin had to say something regardless, it would have been more relevant if he has the guts to condemn ISA and that it should not have been applied to Kok and RPK. RPK is charged with ISA because it need not be justified, he has broken no laws but revealed the iniquities of UMNO, so the only tool available is ISA. With no prrof of what Kok has said, again use ISA so no need to justify the detention. Hamid is the most good for nothing and most useless Minister in the BN government, he is nothing but a clown.

8:55 PM GMT+8  
Blogger kopitelp16 said...

Syed Hamid ran out of excuses to justify the detentions, so even personal safety is used as a reason! What a caring minister we have. We should feel happy. So, if ever a VVIP feels threatened, maybe he/she should be detained under ISA as well?

9:56 AM GMT+8  

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