Saturday 18 October 2008




SUARAM (Suara Rakyat Malaysia) member Cheng Lee Whee, 26, was released on Saturday 18th October 2008, after the Magistrate's Court in Kuala Lumpur rejected a police application for her remand.

Cheng had been arrested under the ISA on Friday for posting a statement on the State police web portal which allegedly could cause fear among the public.

SUARAM member has been detained under the wicked ISA over a police report regarding the demolition of a squatter colony.

Once again it appears that the ISA has been used in a minor case which could have been dealt with using laws which are far more appropriate than the draconian ISA!!!!

A lady aged 28 years has reportedly been arrested at 22:00 hours last night under Section 28 of the Internal Security Act (ISA) for allegedly disseminating false information concerning the demolition of a squatter colony in Kampung Baru Plentong Tengah, near Johor Bahru.

Section 28 of the ISA concerns the dissemination of false reports, according to this section,

“Any person who, by word of mouth or in writing or in any newspaper, periodical, book, circular or other printed publication or by any other means spreads false reports or makes false statements likely to cause public alarm, shall be guilty of an offence.”

According to lawyers, section 28 of the ISA does not empower the police to detain a suspect without trial.

The suspect must be brought to a court within 24 hours, either to be charged, or be further remanded to facilitate police investigation.

The police are expected to apply for a remand order today (Saturday 18th October 2008,) to 'facilitate their investigations'.

The woman is alleged to have lodged a false police report regarding the incident on Thursday, 16th October 2008, she also is said to have sent an e-mail, to the Johor police website, which claimed that the police had abused their powers and used water cannon to disperse the crowd who were protesting the demolition.

Initial investigations seemingly revealed that the woman, Cheng Lee Whee, was not present at the scene.

Johor State Chief Police Officer Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mokhtar Mohd Shariff has confirmed the arrest.

Once again, it appears that, the evil and draconian ISA is been utilised as a 'weapon' to try to subdue the people, and make them totally subservient to those who are in power.

In terrorem

As a warning; in order to terrify others

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