Why keep on arresting people under ISA as if this was the only law we have in this country? Arrest under ISA needs no evidence, proof or reasons. To justify arrest, the only criteria that the authorities need to fulfill are that the person to be arrested was said to be a threat to the security of the country, but, in what way the person was said to be a treat to security, nobody not even the detainee will ever know! YB Teresa Kok was not told the reasons of her arrest and why she was released! This will haunt YB Teresa Kok for life! Maybe, YB Teresa Kok will only be able to know, if YB Teresa Kok takes step to sue the authorities in court, otherwise, all things will not only be swept under the carpet, but, be buried under the graves.
ISA was catch-all legislation and could even be used against politicians, common criminals and non criminals! Now, there is no difference whether a person is a criminal or not or whether the person is a threat to the country or not.
The arrest of the Sin Chiew reporter, Miss Tan Hoon Cheng, was said for the protection of her safety was a ridiculous reason. What had ISA do with a person’s safety? Syed Hamid Albar should resign for the blunder of recent ISA arrests. It could not enter a person’s thought (tidak lansung masuk akal) to think that the Home Minister was not aware of the arrest or had not been briefed about security situations in the country. Was not ISA a political weapon of the BN to shut dissent voices or from preventing people to perform their responsibilities and legal obligations?
Miss Tan Hoon Cheng, being a reporter reported what she knew and heard to the press. Her position was just like people coming to police station to report that a crime has been committed but, instead of arresting the criminal, Miss Tan Hoon Cheng as complainant, was arrested and punished by having her detained for 18 hours in jail! Who dares come to police station to report a robbery next time? I suggest Miss Tan Hoon Cheng and her employer, Sin Chiew Daily should take up suits against the government for such a high handed arrest. The court has in a recent case, set a precedent that wrongful arrests under ISA are actionable.
UNMO also took the easy way out. Just suspend Ahmad Ismail for three years and closed the case. This was just like a father telling his son, “Hey! Boy you committed a crime, you brought disgrace to this house, as punishment, you are to leave this house for three years!” With that should the case ends there and no police action could be taken against the son for crime committed?