DAILY EXPRESS NEWS
Kuala Lumpur: The wife of prominent blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin said being told Tuesday that he will be detained for two years under the Internal Security Act for insulting Islam was the worst news she has received.
"(Police) said my husband has been sent to Kamunting and that he will remain there for two years with no trial. We will keep fighting for his release," said Marina Lee Abdullah. A government critic and founder of the Malaysia Today website, Raja Petra has been sent to the detention centre in Perak on the orders of Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar. His arrest earlier this month was part of a crackdown amid a political crisis.
Raja Petra's lawyer Amarjit Sidhu said the Government had pulled a "mean, dirty trick" by issuing the detention order the night before a scheduled court hearing on Tuesday to secure his release.
"The Government can now hide behind a veil of secrecy because they do not have to disclose reasons for detaining him," he said.
"Raja Petra was detained under the ISA for allegedly insulting Islam and publishing articles on his website which has tarnished the country's leadership to the point of causing confusion among the people," his wife said.
He was also accused of inciting hate in his articles on Islam - a serious offence in Malaysia. Raja Petra is best known for his articles on politics, and has already been charged with sedition and defamation for linking Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife to the sensational murder of a Mongolian woman.
The ISA allows for renewable two-year periods of detention without trial and has been used to lock up government opponents in the past, although in recent times it has mostly been directed against suspected terrorists.
Raja Petra was rounded up earlier this month along with an opposition lawmaker and a journalist but the other two were quickly released.
Their arrests triggered the resignation of Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, a Cabinet Minister in charge of legal affairs, as well as calls from within the ruling coalition for the security law to be abolished. - AFP .
Tidak perlulah bersusah payah menagih simpati untuk melepaskan RPK, Malaysia lebih aman kalau spesis ini di kurung. Jangan salahkan kerajaan atau polis sekiranya keluarga beliau terabai sepanjang masa beliau di tahan di Kamunting, kerana inilah yang beliau mahukan..redha sahaja atas kebodohan RPK sendiri, yang sengaja mencari sebab untuk mendapat nama, kini tanggunglah sendiri.
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