Monday, September 22, 2008
Are the four MCA Ministers prepared to take the lead in the Cabinet to make it very clear that any ISA arrest of Anwar Ibrahim will result in their ma
http://dapmalaysia.org Media Statement (2) by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on Monday, 22nd September 2008:
Are the four MCA Ministers prepared to take the lead in the Cabinet to make it very clear that any ISA arrest of Anwar Ibrahim will result in their mass resignation?
On Tuesday, the MCA Central Committee called for "a comprehensive review of the Internal Security Act (ISA) so that it will apply strictly to cases relating to terrorism and subversive elements".
Are the four MCA Ministers prepared to take the lead in the Cabinet to make it very clear that any ISA arrest of Parliamentary Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will result in their mass resignation?
This is because the detention of Anwar Ibrahim under the ISA seems to be on the cards after the uncharacteristically belligerent accusation by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Wednesday that Anwar is a threat to the national security and economy who wanted to "destroy the country and exploit the people's trust and tarnish the country's image abroad", followed by equally truculent statements against Anwar by Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar in the past few days.
Are the MCA Ministers and leaders going to make it very clear to the Prime Minister and the Home Minister that the deepening multiple crisis of confidence in the past six months since the first political tsunami on March 8 will take drastic turn for the worse as nobody in his right senses would believe that Anwar should be detained under the ISA.
It is regrettable that not a single MCA Minister or MP had attended the inaugural meeting to form the "Free Teresa Kok" Parliamentary Caucus last Wednesday.
Are the MCA Ministers and MPs prepared to support the enlargement of the Parliamentary Caucus to a "Free RPK, Hindraf 5 and all ISA detainees" Parliamentary Caucus now that Teresa has been released from ISA after a seven-day detention?
Furthermore, are the MCA MPs prepared to support an all-party parliamentary motion in Parliament to deplore the ISA detention of a MP when Parliament reconvenes on Oct. 13 and to call for the repeal of the ISA as an important measure to end the deepening multiple crisis of confidence afflicting Malaysia in the past six months?
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor