Teresa Kok, was released unconditionally today at 1pm after being incarcerated for seven days under the Internal Security Act. “I don’t know what I’ve got into… I don’t know what is the real reason (that) caused me to (be) put behind bars for one week,” she told journalists as she left the police station. “(There is) no reason at all to put me under ISA… What have I done? What have I said?” she asked. During the whole one week, they didn’t show any proof or evidence to show that I made statements that have caused racial and religious tension.”
When asked the reason for her release, Kok said, “I don’t know… I don’t know why I was charged… Of course, they have to release me; they find no case against me.”
Thats the bane of the Internal Security Act (ISA), one never really knows why one is in for and neither will they tell you why you are released. It’s a clear case of justice not only NOT done but justice no where seen to be done. Teresa further said that she felt like “fool” when she was incarcerated not knowing the grounds for her arrest. I am glad to hear that she intends to sue the government for her ‘unlawful arrest and detention’.
Teresa was repeatedly interrogated by her captors on three issues. This include whether she had mobilised the Bandara Kinrara residents to put up a petition over the azan (morning call to prayer) issue and whether she had said that the allocation for Islamic religious council Jais should be used for other religions. The third issue was her previous statement opposing to the road signs written in Jawi.
But what stinks to high heaven is that during the press conference Lim Kit Siang alleged that the police report lodged against Kok was first lodged by an “operative” from ruling MCA’s Puchong division in Selangor. WHAT?!?, AN ‘OPERATIVE’ FROM RULING MCA’S PUCHONG DIVISION??. WHAT THE ****!! I hope this low-life slime ball is happy now that he has perpetuated a gross injustice towards a fellow human being.
Anyways the release of Seputeh MP Teresa Kok after being detained for seven days under the Internal Security Act has done the Barisan Nasional government’s credibility no good. Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek speculated that there was a possibility that the police felt they would lose the habeas corpus case against her detention. This was echoed by political analyst Khoo Kay Peng, who said the move trivialised the ISA. “You cannot detain her without first ascertaining the grounds of arrest and now release her and pretend nothing happened.”
I am sure when the law of cause of effect (karma) will ultimately catch up with all who some way or other conspired or ‘bersekongkol’ to cause this grave injustice to be done onto Teresa Kok. These include those that triggered the religious and ethnic controversy among Muslims and Malays like Khir Toyo, Utusan Malaysia Senior Editor, Zaini Hassan, ADUN Bahagian Serdang, Satim Diman, and the scribe of racist blogs like the Pembela Melayu blog who played up a lie so often until people begin to accept it as truth. Remember what Adolf Hitler said, “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it and eventually they’ll believe it.” To those who have missed the Teresa Kok Saga, please read the full story below:
Teresa Kok – Proof of Innocence II
Teresa Kok – Proof of Innocence III
Teresa Kok – Proof of Innocence IV
The following is the press statement issued by Teresa Kok who was released after being detained for seven days under the ISA.
The three main questions that the investigation officers asked me were:
1. whether I have mobilised a group of residents at Bandar Kinrara to present a petition to oppose to the azan at the Bandar Kinrara mosque;
2. whether I have made a statement that 30 percent of the Selangor Islamic Department (JAIS) allocation is to be given to other non-Islam religious bodies; and
3. whether I have opposed to the Jawi-wording road signages in Kuala Lumpur.
I denied the first two accusations as I did not do any such things as accused. I also told them that the issue of opposing Jawi road signages in Kuala Lumpur were done in January/February 2008 at the request and following the pressure of resident associations.
The resident associations, particularly in Taman Seputeh, were most unhappy because many of the road signages were changed arbitrarily by DBKL a few months before and changed again soon after, this time with Jawi wordings. They were strongly opposed to this kind of wastage of public funds by DBKL.
I was quite surprised that there were no other questions posed to me besides these few main questions.
The ISA is meant to detain people who threaten national security. The three issues stated above have nothing to do with national security. If the police wanted to carry out investigation on me, they can always ask me to give statements in any of the police station and there was absolutely no need to detain me under the ISA for seven days. This is a phenomenal abuse of the power of police under the ISA.
Besides, it is nonsensical for the police to detain me under the ISA merely based on the unsubstantiated article written by an irresponsible columnist in Utusan Malaysia. How can they regard that article as the gospel truth without investigating the writer in the first place? How can Utusan Malaysia publish it without verifying the facts?
I wish to ask the police whether they have called Zaini and Utusan Malaysia’s editors for questioning before and after my detention.
I know that the imam of Bandar Kinrara mosque has publicly denied that I was involved in the Puchong residents petition against azan of his mosque on Sept 13. I am also quite surprised to read in the New Straits Times dated Sept 19 that the official of the Bandar Kinrara mosque was called by the Dang Wangi police for statement recording only yesterday afternoon.
Why did the police do it so late, one week after I was arrested? Why didn’t they check their facts first before they arrest me and put me behind bars?
I see my detention as a ploy by Umno to try to cover up the embarrassment and the outrage of the racist statements made by (ex-Bukit Bendera Umno division chief) Ahmad Ismail in Penang. I wonder why did they choose an innocent person like me as I have never made any racist statements or racist speeches in the past?
I have lodged the police report on Sept 17, 2008 against Utusan Malaysia, Zaini and Dr Mohd Khir Toyo for criminal defamation. I would therefore urge the police to investigate Utusan Malaysia’s editors, those racist bloggers and Khir Toyo under the Penal Code.
As I have mentioned in my previous lawyer’s visit, I will sue Utusan Malaysia, Zaini and Khir Toyo. I have also instructed my lawyers to sue the Malaysian government for my unlawful arrest and detention.
As I am free from ISA detention today, I also call for the release of Raja Petra Kamarudin, the Hindraf Five and all other 60 over detainees under the draconian ISA.
I would also like to thank all politicians in the ruling parties as well as in the Pakatan Rakyat, NGOs, churches and all social organisations who have campaigned and prayed for my release.
Selangor senior exco
Kinrara state assemblyperson