BRAVO! The release of 6 PSM (Parti Sosialis Malaysia) leaders and members from detention is already making them heroes. The whole world can equate them to Nelson Mandela or Kim Dae-jung or Lech Walesa.
I think it was decided by IGP Ismail Omar himself, who yesterday said they will only be freed once the investigations were completed.
My friend Zakhir aka Big Dog says 'Its A Mistake' while PM says 'Govt Receives Release of Activist Favourably.'
And so, the Emergency Ordinance is a farce. Even the ISA - which an amendment to it has been postponed since last year - has been doomed as a rickety. Now that everybody can apply pressure on the police and 'blackmailing' the government, our law and order is at a discount.
Sungai Siput MP Dr Jeyakumar along with PSM deputy chairman M. Sarasvathy, 58, national Youth chief R. Sarat Babu, 25, Sungai Siput division secretary A.P Letchumanan, 49, and central committee members, Choo Chon Kai, 33, and M. Sukumaran 50, were arrested two weeks before the July 9 Bersih 2.0 illegal rally.
The detention under Section 3 (1) of the Emergency Ordinance allows a person to be held for up to 60 days without trial.
Ever since the arrest, Najib and Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein came under tremendous pressure from NGOs, foreign media, the Opposition and even BN leaders who sought for their immediate release.
Among most vocal was MIC President G Palanivel who told Najib that the detention has smeared Malaysia's good name abroad. There were also suggestion - or warnings - that the Indians might not vote for Barisan Nasional in the next general poll if reasons for the detention could not be substantiated.
While the Opposition leaders were fast to condemn it as an act of racism, foreign media were also shooting at it, calling the 'draconian' ISA and the EO as the government's tool to halt any efforts to challenge its political might.
I am not sure what was the reason for the 'quick' release this evening. Was it about Jeya's hunger strike or there was actually not basis for their detention at all. Or, is the government worried about the possibility of losing the Indian votes?
Their detention had nothing to do with racism. Bukit Aman wouldnt have arrested them without any reason. Detaining and releasing them within a short time is only making the six 'a reformation heroes' and I personally believe PM, Hisham and the IGP got a lot to answer.
By the way, can we haggle on the price of national security?