The government has given security grounds and threats to public order for the arrest of Raja Petra, a harsh government critic who already faces a few criminal and civil court dates for his articles in the Malaysia Today news portal.
As for Kok, newspapers report it could be related to allegations that she asked mosques in her state constituency to reduce the volume of prayer calls while Tan is being held for her report on Umno Penang warlord Datuk Ahmad Ismail’s racist rant that saw him punished with a three-year suspension from party office.
Then and now, those arrested have been far removed from those who stoke the racial tensions and endanger the security and public order of the nation.
Then and now, messengers get shot but not the perpetrators.
Then and now, is it the security of the nation or the insecurity of the ruling politicians that has led to these arrests?