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Teresa Kok Released From ISA

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the release of the Seputeh Member of Parliament, Teresa Kok, from detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) was decided entirely by the police without referring to him or requiring his approval.

Teresa KokHe said he was in fact informed of the matter after Kok had been released, and believed that the release was made after police investigation revealed that the detention was no longer necessary.

“I don’t ask questions (to the police) because when it comes to police exercising their power, I let them do their work without any hassle.

“And if they feel there is no need to make any recommendations (to detain further) and they are satisfied, they will release in accordance with the powers that they have,” he told reporters after presenting contributions to the ministry’s staff, here today.

Kok, who is also a Selangor State Executive Councillor, was released at 1.30pm after being detained for eight days under Section 73(1) of the ISA 1960 as she was alleged to have raised racial and religious sentiments.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said in a statement that police were satisfied with the cooperation rendered by Kok during the investigation and there was no longer any reason to continue her detention.

Commenting further, Syed Hamid said that under Section 73, an individual could be detained for up to 60 days for investigation if the police suspected that he or she was a threat to national security.

Meanwhile DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang‘s surprise at receiving a call from the Seputeh MP’s handphone at 12.56pm – yes, he remembered the time – set the tone for the press conference this evening.

Lim Kit Siang

“I was wondering, who was using Teresa Kok’s phone?”

“When I heard her voice, I wondered how she had angled her way to use her phone, which wouldn’t have been the first time,” he added to more laughter.

Some might have called today’s event a press celebration. Such was the “heroine’s welcome” for the feisty politician that when she arrived, dozens of media personnel burst into spontaneous applause and cheers.
Having been swept up at the same time as Sin Chew journalist Tan Hoon Cheng might just have been the best public relations boost for Kok and her party.

While there were flowers and a cake, this was no mere homecoming party as Kok quickly got back into her groove.

Her exasperation – “Why didn’t they check their facts first before they arrested me?” – quickly turned to fury as she accused Umno of covering up their embarrassment over suspended Umno Bukit Bendera chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail’s alleged racist remarks.

“I see my detention as a ploy by Umno. Why did they choose an innocent person like me as I have never made any racist statements,” she spat.

“Yes, I am very angry at them,” she said when asked about her feelings towards Utusan Malaysia writer Zaini Hassan and Datuk Seri Dr Mohamed Khir Toyo who had made the accusations that she petitioned against the azan.

In her retelling of the events, she admitted that she had been in despair after being told of the 28-day detention order but in signature Kok fashion, had not taken it lying down.

“I blasted all the officers there. I told them this is Ramadhan, to hold an innocent person is dosa (sin). They all just kept quiet,” she recalled with hints of glee.

Kok promised that she would not skulk off to lick her wounds but like the proverbial wounded tiger, her intention to sue not just Khir and Zaini but the federal government is a sure sign that we can look forward to more fearsome displays from her.

Source: The Malaysian Insider

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