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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Latest From Penang - Tan Hoon Cheng ISA Arrest

As I blog this, my heart is bleeding and tears forming inside my eyes. What is the Government trying to prove, that they are powerful and can just arrest you as and when they like. This is just like, the victim of a robbery is detain while the robber is set free.

When I saw the news on Malaysiakini that journalist Tan Hoon Cheng was arrested under the ISA and with informations from some journalists that the police is taking her to the Penang Headquarters, I immeadiately drive down to lend support.

When I reach there around 10pm a small crowd of about 200 people including journalist were already there. DAP and Gerakan representatives were there and a little later PAS MP for Parit Buntar shows up to lend support as well.

Penang CM Lim Guan Eng arrive around 11pm. Everyone there condemned the use of the ISA and reporters were pressing for statements from the Executives.

Tan Hoon Cheng arrived without anyone knowing because they enter through the side door while everyone is waiting at the main entrance.

A small group of youngsters then light the candles and sang song. PAS members also joy in to support the candle lighting.

At around 11:40pm PAS Parit Buntar MP gave another statement before he leaves. He said that this is not about race and he condemned the use of the ISA which PAS has being opposing for a long time. He then informed that Teresa Kok was also arrested under the ISA a few minutes earlier.

Just before I left at around 12:10 midnight the crowd had swollen to above 300 people and Tan Hoon Cheng is still inside the police headquarters. Six FRU were transported into the headquaters. I left after hearing that Teresa Kok was arrested and my heart is so disturbed that I nearly took the wrong road back.

Now at home and confirmed from Malaysiakini report that Teresa Kok is also under arrest.

There is nothing that you and I can do but pray that the polices and the government come to their senses and not just think about power and the gravy train. These arrests are not really because of the country security but their own.

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