KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 15, 2008): by Charles Ramendran
Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, who was detained under the Internal Security Act on Friday, is being investigated for allegedly committing three offences deemed "racially sensitive", according to her parents who met her today at the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters.
Kok Kim Tong with his wife and their four year old granddaughter accompanied by Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng and other DAP members arriving at Bukit Aman to visit Teresa.
Her father Kok Kim Tong, 74, told reporters that he was told by Teresa that she was being probed for alleged involvement in the "Azan" issue, road signages with Jawi script and another matter regarding the Selangor Religious Department (JAIS).
Kok and his wife, Poh Seh Kwan, 71, who brought along their four-year-old grandaughter Kok En Qi and accompanied by Teresa's personal assistant Mandy Ooi, stepped into Bukit Aman at 1.45pm today.
A group of supporters mainly from the DAP, including party veteran Lim Kit Siang, his son Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng and other MPs gathered at the entrance.
Two hours later, Teresa's parents who appeared in high spirits, her niece and personal assistant emerged from the headquarters.
"I am happy to see her in good health although she looked pale and had suffered diarrhoea due to the food served to her," said Kok.
"A doctor who examined her had told her that her blood pressure was low. The bad news is the police have told her that she will be held for another 28 days at least," said Kok.
Teresa Kok's parents... Kok Kim Tong with his wife flanked by Kit Siang and Guan Eng being mobbed by the media after visiting her at Bukit Aman police headquarters.
Under the ISA, police are empowered to detain her for up to 60 days.
He said their meeting was held in a room in the presence of 13 police personnel.
He said he gave his daughter some herbal and chicken essence soup, her books, a bible and clothes.
Kok also said his daughter was being held at an undisclosed location in the city and was driven to and from that place with a hood over her head.
According to Mandy, Teresa was clad in the same clothes she wore when she was picked up but at other times during her detention she used clothes provided by the police.
She said Teresa managed to do some paperwork during the meeting and was delighted to see her niece.
She said police will allow Teresa's lawyers to meet her on Wednesday to provide legal advice.
Teresa's mother urged the authorities to release her daughter whom she said was kept in a room which has a partially open door and her pillows are hard, causing her neck pain.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he was shocked by the arrest and treatment given to Teresa.
"She must be given better food and on Wednesday, the police must allow a priest to meet Teresa as she is Catholic and must be allowed to receive Holy Communinion."