Wednesday, September 17, 2008
malaysiakini on the END of REFORMS for Malaysia?
The resignation of the Law Minister could be the end of the long-awaited reforms that could bring Malaysia back to some level of government sanity.
We all know the cavalier attitude of the Home Minister and the police when they arrested the reporter using the ISA "to protect her."
That could qualify as the most ridiculous pretence to arrest an innocent person but such are the sweeping powers of this act that you or I could be picked up anytime as the law gives unlimited powers to the authorities.
Even the PM's concern about possible abuse is quite superficial as he remarked in this malaysiakini article PM rejects meeting with Anwar that
"When asked if the police had informed him before they arrested three persons - blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, Selangor exco Teresa Kok and journalist Tan Hoon Cheng - under the ISA last Friday, Abdullah replied no.
“But it’s okay if they don’t inform me,” he said".
The Home Minister too had a similar answer that the Police were empowered under the law to arrest without informing him.
The means the RMP can arrest anyone under ISA and subject him or her to harsh treatment if they feel like doing so.
Let us not forget that BN politicians and the Police have contrived to keep the IPCMC from being implemented. The result is that powerful politicians can now connive with "friendly" police officers to deal with people like RPK, Teresa Kok and Tan as the PM does not need to be informed.
Governing a nation like Malaysia is a great challenge and I believe the PM should step down sooner rather than later.