The arrest today of six members of the Socialist Party of Malaysia, including Member of Parliament, Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, has nothing to do with the planned Bersih rally on July 9. Those who try to politicise the issue and blow it out of proportion must realize that the police had acted in accordance with their responsibility to quell any subversive elements that can bring chaos to the country.
Their arrest at the Sungai Dua toll plaza in Penang was made under Section 2 (1) of the Emergency Ordinance 1969, which allows the authority to keep them at bay for up to 60 days without trial.
They were arrested with 24 others for allegedly 'attempting to wage war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, according to Deputy Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar. Bukit Aman would also be applying to the court to extend the remand order on the remaining 24 people because some more investigations needed to be done.
As at today, a total of 150 people have been arrested across the country in connection with illegal street demonstrations planned for July 9. However, the arrest of Jeyakumar and his friends cannot be avoided as the were believed to be involved in communism which is condemned in the country.
Their arrest too has nothing to do with what some anti-government news portals described as 'racism' as the Home Ministry and Bukit Aman had rounded up members of the banned al-Maunah when the tried to topple the government and bring down the King in 2000.
We dont allow communism in the country, including any kind of extremism. Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had earlier warned that Malaysia will be open to foreign interference if it is in chaos (here).
Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and Bukit Aman senior officers have vowed not to discount on stiffer and punitive action should the situation deteriorates. And as a Malaysian, I am in full support for the ISA to be used again, if necessary in order to neutralise them.
However, we are saddened by the fact that there are people who are more than willing to sell their dignity for power.
To Hisham and Bukit Aman, you know exactly what to do!