Malaysiakini reports at 1:30 p.m. today, that Raja Petra Kamaruddin (RPK) will be sent off to Kamunting Detention Centre, to serve a two-year detention period under Internal Security Act 1960. The sentence warrants the authority to detain RPK without first being tried in an open court of law: a serious infringment of one’s human rights.
Home Minister, Syed Hamid Albar, signed the detention order pursuant to Section 8(1) of the same draconian Act.
If you asked me, the ruling government has gone completely out of its wits to seal such order on RPK during watershed moment such as right now. Barisan Nasional (BN) gives another reason for Pakatan Rakyat to trumpet on the former’s obvious inability to lead the country.
Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, must bear in mind that invoking the ISA would not be a mere faux pass which can easily be forgotten by the people.
As I said to Anwar and I am now repeating the same to Pak Lah: “you have a distinct – but tiny – window of opportunity to do the right thing”. Please repeal the ISA.
Harris Ibrahim published in his blog, The People’s Parliament, a message from the famous blogger. RPK – just like thousands of PRK supporters – placed his bet on Anwar in the country’s most-watched power struggle. In the event Anwar fails to deliver his promise, I bet with all my money (which is not much, thank God!) that RPK will lounge in Kamunting for a mighty long time. Worse, if Najib get to be Prime Minister in BN’s power reshuffle which looms near.
(Poster stolen from Mob without his permission)