GEORGE TOWN: Sept 20, 2008 By WINNIE YEOH
About 200 people signed up to protest the Internal Security Act (ISA) during a signature campaign at the Taman Free School market here.
Jelutong Member of Parliament Jeff Ooi and Datuk Keramat assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo spoke at the market, urging the people to support the campaign.
Jagdeep Singh said his party the DAP was against the arrest of Sin Chew Daily senior reporter Tan Hoon Cheng, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin under the ISA.
Tan was released after 18 hours and Kok afetr seven days in detention.
Ooi said the original use of the ISA was to detain extremists, not civilians.
“The country should be progressing and not regressing with the use of the ISA,” he said.
He also said although Tan and Kok have been released, Raja Petra and the five Hindraf leaders were still under detention, adding that “our ultimate goal is to abolish the Act.”