KUALA LUMPUR: Sept 16, 2008
The MCA has called for Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin to be released from their arrests under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said Kok and Raja Petra should be investigated under other laws and be charged in court if there was evidence.
“To prevent possible future abuse of the ISA, the MCA central committee calls for a comprehensive review of the ISA so that it will apply strictly to cases relating to terrorism and subversive elements.
“There should also be a mechanism for checks and balances in the use of the ISA,” he said after chairing a six-hour meeting at Wisma MCA here on Tuesday.
Ong also said that the arrest of Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng for 18 hours under the ISA was totally uncalled for and the explanation given for her detention was unacceptable.