MADPET (Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture) is disturbed by the statement of the Malaysian Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar that the Internal Security Act (ISA) may be used against “Malaysia-Today” blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin for his comments on the blog which allegedly insulted Islam and Prophet Muhammad. (Bernama report, 5/9/2008 – ISA Can Be Used On Raja Petra, Says Syed Hamid)
It is shocking that the government still chooses to resort to draconian and unjust detention without trial laws like the ISA which do not accord the victim the right to defend himself or a fair and open trial. Clearly the government has not heard the message delivered by the people of Malaysian at the recent general elections.
If what Raja Petra Kamaruddin did was an offence, then charge him. Do not threaten the usage of this ISA or other Detention Without Trial Laws.
MADPET reiterates its call for the abolition of the ISA and all other laws that allow for Detention Without Trial.
MADPET also reiterates its call for the immediate and unconditional release of P. Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan and all those currently detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and other laws that allow for detention without trial.
for Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (MADPET)
6th September 2008
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