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And what about the provocatuer?

Posted on: September 13, 2008

ISA arrest No 2: Sin Chew journalist held
Malaysiakini Team | Sep 12, 08 9:38pm
Sin Chew Daily journalist Tan Hoon Cheng has been arrested today under the Internal Security Act at 8.30pm at her home in Bukit Mertajam, Penang.


tan hoon cheng 04 120908Tan (left) is the second person after Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin, to be arrested under the tough security law which allows for detention without trial.

Tan, 33, was taken by the police to the Penang police headquarters, where a crowd of 100 supporters have gathered to express their concern.

She was the journalist who reported that local Umno chieftain Ahmad Ismail had allegedly said that Chinese Malaysians are “squatters” in the country.

Her arrest under the ISA has been confirmed by deputy inspector general of police Ismail Omar.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s political secretary Ng Wei Aik also confirmed Tan’s arrest.
“Penang police chief Ayub Yaakob just confirmed the arrest of the journalist under Section 73(1) of ISA to the chief minister,” he told reporters gathered at the Penang police headquarters at about 10.45pm.

Section 73(1) allowed the police to detain Tan for a maximum of 60 days for investigations. After that, based on the outcome of the probe, she can be detained for two years without trial, and the term can be renewed indefinitely.

Earlier Gerakan secretary-general Chia Kwang Chye was among those who visited the state police headquarters to inquire on the matter. He slammed Tan’s arrest and called on the police to complete their investigation as soon as possible so that she could be released.

It is learnt that a team from federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur, had arrested Tan.

Government ticked off for double standards

Meanwhile in an immediate reaction, MCA Youth legal bureau Gan Ping Sieu also condemned the use of ISA against Tan.

internal security act section 73 subsection 1 isa 120908“The journalist concerned should be called for questioning and not be arrested,” he said.

He criticised the government for its double standards, adding that the arrest was a setback for democracy.

He added that the MCA Youth legal bureau was prepared to form a team of lawyers to render legal assistance to defend Tan.

Tan’s report on Ahmad late last month had sparked a nationwide outcry, resulting in Ahmad being suspended by Umno for three years after an emergency meeting on Wednesday.
Three days ago, Sin Chew came out strongly to defend Tan, who was accused by Ahmad for misreporting his comments.

Tan, who holds a mass communications degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia, has been a journalist for nine years.

She has been with Sin Chew for four years. Before that, she was a journalist in Kwong Wah daily.

It is unclear whether Ahmad, who remained defiant despite being slapped with the suspension, has also been detained.

PAS leader Mujahid Yusuf Rawa was also at the police station and did not mince his words by saying that it should be Ahmad who must be detained under the ISA and “not the reporter who reported what he had said”.

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Siphoning EPF money

On 'Why should Valuecap borrow from EPF?' Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud: MTUC condemns the government's move to bail out Valuecap to support the local stock market using RM5 billion from EPF, as the provident fund is the custodian of the workers' money and not some sort of ‘automated teller machine' for the government.
If at all the EPF were to lend its money to the government, it has to be under the condition that there be transparency and accountability in the activities for which the money has been purposed. We want to know who is doing what with the money that belongs to the workers. This is the hard-earned money of the workers, their retirement plan. How is this bailout plan going to benefit the workers? We also question the reason for this bailout. If the economic fundamentals in Malaysia are strong and reserves sufficient as has been stated several times by the government, then why is there a need to offer so much money to the GLCs? Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop should prove how the EPF would profit from this loan. Bernama had reported that Nor had given the assurance that the loan given out by EPF would reap profits for the fund judging from Valuecap's past performance. But where is the paperwork and calculations to show that this move will benefit the EPF? MTUC is concerned that the loan might be mismanaged or misused and this, in turn, would affect the returns for the contributors. Mere assurances are not enough. We want to proof that this RM5 billion will not go down the drain. (The writer is president, MTUC). Sharyn: The government wants to use our pension money to prop up the Malaysian stock market which is the playing field of the rich people. If so, the government must ensure that the EPF account holders - who are predominantly the poor to average citizens of Malaysia - be guaranteed all of our pension money with a compound 8% growth (interest). It's so selfish and sick of the government to use the poor's pension money to help the rich to make more money with all the risks taken by the poor/average citizen. We can better use the RM% billion loans to Valuecap for our children's education, shelter, medical bills etc. Why not get those rich people to prop up the share market instead? Why should they park their money overseas and gamble with our EPF money instead? Kumar14: Who is behind this Valuecap organisation? Why suddenly, this separate entity is allowed to access funds from the EPF? Are they capable enough to handle it or is it just another desperate and blind move? It has been a very infamous trend where the people's funds are channeled to a company for investment purposes and suddenly POP! the funds disappear and there is nobody to be held responsible but a RM2 shell company. Charge who? Sue whom? The RM2 company (just a registered name)? We have seen this many times. People in power and with connections allow such things to go through and reap/rob the people's wealth and then blame it on organisations which actually don't exist. What if a lot of EPF funds are looted via such scams and nobody is to be pointed at? Where will the government get the funds to replenish the EPF? The people are very bored, disappointed, angry and frustrated at seeing all these dumb and unaccounted for measures being allowed by the government with lame excuses. Please, somebody verify the true purpose, integrity and capability of anybody attempting to use the people's fund.

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