"We will not make any more arrests under the ISA as long as there is no more disturbance to public peace and order," he told reporters in Johor Baru yesterday morning, hours before Sin Chew Jit Poh senior journalist Tan Hoon Cheng was released.
Malaysia Today editor and blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Seputeh MP Teresa Kok are still being detained.
All three were arrested under the ISA on Friday.
So, since the minister couldn't be straight, let me be -- this is a crackdown.
And this is intimidation.
In the first place, I wasn't aware that there was any disturbance to public peace and order.
I am shocked that the ISA is being used to "deal" with RPK and Teresa.
And on Hoon Cheng? I am very disturbed by this.
Arresting a journalist under the ISA for a report she had written? How can the government ever justify this?
But --oh, detaining her for 16 hours was for her own good because she had received threats to her safety?
Repeat that, please!
So does it mean that after 16 hours, from now on, her safety is assured?
(Hoon Cheng's controversial four-paragraph report quoting Bukit Bendera Umno division chief Ahmad Ismail calling the Chinese community ‘squatters’ sparked an outcry among the Chiense, including the Chinese political parties in the ruling Barisan Nasional.)
Was Hoon Cheng a threat to public/national security? Isn't that THE basis for any ISA arrest? That said -- not that ISA arrests in this country were made on that basis, in the first place.
For as long as the ISA is in existence, it will continue to be abused.