Saturday, September 13, 2008

Arrest of Tan Hoon Cheng from Sin Chew Jit Poh

I'm quite disturbed by the recent arrests under ISA, especially towards Tan Hoon Cheng, Sin Chew Jit Poh's reporter. Below are some of the comments from MCA and Gerakan, who are Barisan National Component Parties.

Quoting Official MCA Statement via SMS sent to all MCA members early this morning,

马华总会长黄家定说,马华决定全力协助在内安法令下被扣留的星洲日报记者。马华不认同警方动用内安法令对付新闻工作人员,并促请警方释放有关记者。黄家定促请人民保持冷静。马华领导层将会和正副首相讨论应如何妥善公平处理目前的局面. >

I would translate it as "MCA President Dato' Seri Ong Ka Ting said, MCA would try its best to help the reporter from Sin Chew Jit Poh, who is detailed under Internal Security Act (ISA). MCA disagrees with police's action to use Internal Security Act (ISA) against journalists, and urge the police to release the reporter. Ong Ka Ting urge the people to stay calm. MCA Leadership would be discussing with Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister on how to fairly solve the current situation."

Quoting Malaysiakini ,
Gerakan secretary-general Chia Kwang Chye, who was among those who visited the state police headquarters, slammed Tan's arrest and called on the police to complete their investigation as soon as possible so that she could be released.

Quoting Malaysiakini also,
MCA Youth legal bureau Gan Ping Sieu also condemned the use of ISA against Tan.

"The journalist concerned should be called for questioning and not be arrested," he said.

He criticised the government for its double standards, adding that the arrest was a setback for democracy.

"Prime Minister Abdullah has shown his incompetence in handling the ‘squatters' issue in the past two weeks and allow the tensed situation to escalate.

"He has lost the confidence of the people. For the sake of national interest, he should step down," added Gan.

He added that the MCA Youth legal bureau was prepared to set up a team of lawyers to provide legal assistance to Tan.

Quoting Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek ,

To everyone, please remain calm.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear brother and sister,

I am Myanmar who working in Malaysia more than 10 years and I would like to explain about SAMNAK SAMBODHI BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION. Therefore, recently I stayed at Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS), Taiping, Perak. I am very close with Ven. U Nandiya Maha Thero.

My monk Ven. U Nandiya is very good heart and compassion to everyone in the world, also I heard when he stayed at Kuala Lumpur Buddhist Temple, he lend donation money to President of Temple(Datuk Yip Kum Fook, MCA Gombak) with amount RM20,000.00 only and he said that money belong to Myanmar society in Malaysia.

On the other hand, my monk said, also many things happened when he stayed there because committees always disturbing, I am very sadly about that matter, why committees are very poor and crooks. Others Temple, people come to Temple to respected Buddha and Monks, also give red packet to monks. Why this Temple, monks must give money to committees, this is opposite.

If anyone receive or read this message, please inform to DATUK YIP KUM FOOK to return that amount to my monk as soon as possible.

My monk contact place:

Ven. U Nandiya
Sasana Daja Buddhist Temple
49 Bombay Street, Lidcombe NSW 2141.
Tel: (02) 9649-8124

With kindness

Taiping, Perak, Malaysia

JNU students will held protest demanding basic rights for return amount back!!!