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Gov’t rejects calls to release detained state legislator

 

Syed Hamid  Albar, our new Home Affairs Minister, is in a fix, he cannot decide on the internal affairs of the country, influenced by the fact that, earlier he was the Foreign Minister, and by nature of that job, had to protract that everything is okay, but now, with the new responsibility worries of internal security and public order. The twain don’t mix, meaning telling the world everything is okay, but now worried about security and order. I can’t imagine he appearing on BBC hard talk program, now, even if invited, I doubt he will go.

 

On Sept 13 he starred in the program Hard Talk hosted by BBC.    

 

Elizabeth Wong in her blog had something to say and there is a link to the recording of Hard Talk. You must have Real Player. Please comment. 

 

 

Gov’t rejects calls to release detained state legislator

Mar 28, 08 6:17pm

Home Affairs Minister Syed Hamid Albar today rejected opposition calls for the release of an ISA-detained state legislator, citing the need to uphold public security.
“We must react to the country’s internal security and public order,” Syed Hamid was quoted saying by the state Bernama news agency.
The opposition parties last week pressed for five ethnic Indian activists, including lawyer M Manoharan who won a seat in recent elections, to be freed from the Internal Security Act, which allows for indefinite detention without trial.
Manoharan, standing for the DAP, was elected from his detention centre – soundly beating the government incumbent in the Kota Alam Shah state seat in the March 8 general elections.
Syed Hamid said Manoharan will be forced to sit out of the newly formed state assembly when it convenes.
“You definitely can’t be at two places at the same time,” he said.
The five are leaders of rights group Hindraf who were detained last December for organising an unprecedented mass rally claiming discrimination against ethnic Indians.
Police used tear gas, water cannon and baton charges to break up the November protest, which drew at least 8,000 people.
The opposition, which now controls more than a third of parliamentary seats, has said it will seek to repeal the ISA – which dates back to the British colonial era when it was used against communist insurgents.
It is currently being used to hold more than 100 people, including about 80 alleged Islamic militants.

Gov’t rejects calls to release detained state legislator

 

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One Comment

  1. hi guys!

    go to this site and ask PM to release Hindraf 5 unconditionally. Pah lah will get pahala.

    http://www.warkahuntukpm.com.my/english.php


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