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Raja Petra Arrested Under ISA

Reported as breaking news by MalaysiaKini as at 1.55pm, Raja Petra Kamaruddin has been detained under the Internal Security Act at 1.10pm today.

Raja Petra Kamarudin

The arrest comes a day after the government lifted blocks on all websites, including Raja Petra’s popular Malaysia Today website.

Three newspapers were also issued show cause letters. They are Suara Keadilan, The Sun and Sin Chew Daily.

Yesterday Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor has announced that government is no longer blocking the access to any websites or blogs in the country. He told reporters here that the decision was reached at the weekly cabinet meeting.

Shaziman said that following the decision, the order to restrict access to websites or blogs, including the “Malaysia Today” news portal, has been withdrawn, effective immediately.

Earlier Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said action under the Internal Security Act (ISA) can be taken against “Malaysia-Today” blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin for his comments on the blog which allegedly insulted Islam and Prophet Muhammad.

He said if the investigation which was being conducted based on police reports made by four religious agencies found that he committed the offence, Raja Petra would face the action.

Syed Hamid was commenting on the police reports lodged by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Yadim), Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (Maiwp) and Federal Territory Religious Department (Jawi) against Raja Petra.

They complained that in his comment on an article entitled “I Promise to be a good, non-hypocritical Muslim“, Raja Petra allegedly used sentences which insulted Muslims.

He is also alleged to have allowed comments which degraded Islam and Prophet Muhammad for an article entitled “Not all Arabs are descendants of the Prophet” to be published in the blog.

“The action taken by the religious agencies is in line with the law because his (Raja Petra) actions to use obscene and bad words for Prophet Muhammad is clearly in contradiction of the law.

“The probe and action should be expedited so that he will realise his mistakes and learn to respect Islam,” Syed Hamid said.

Although Raja Petra claimed that he was not the blog’s owner, Syed Hamid said Raja Petra had to be responsible for the contents published as he had always made himself appear as the sole representative for the blog.

Source: MalaysiaKini and Bernama

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  1. no imageSamuel Goh Kim Eng (Check me out!) on September 12th, 2008

    When there’s no open public debate or contest
    It’s always the much hated draconian arrest
    Putting democracy to its most severe test
    Let’s join forces to put things right at their best

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 120908
    Fri. 12th Sept. 2008.

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