Free Nat Now – Abdullah should
intervene to ensure that his administration does not start the slide down
the slippery slope of repression to mark Malaysia’s 50th Merdeka anniversary
by Lim Kit Siang
The Prime Minister and Internal
Security Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi must intervene to free
Nathaniel Tan immediately to ensure that his administration does not start
the slide down the slippery slope of repression to mark Malaysia’s 50th
Merdeka anniversary – openly violating his pledges of an open, democratic,
accountable and good governance when he was appointed to the highest
office of the land 44 months ago.
The secretive circumstances in the first seven hours of arrest of
Nathaniel Tan, an aide of Anwar Ibrahim and information bureau staff of
Parti Keadilan Rakyat, where his friends, relatives and supporters had to
go on a “wild goose chase” to locate his whereabouts with the police
initially disclaiming knowledge and refusing to give information about his
detention, is a scandal which speaks of a police which has yet to fully
accept that the first principle of policing in a democratic system must be
policing for the people and not policing to serve the government leaders
of the day.
The irregular and illegal circumstances of Tan’s arrest, with the police
spiriting him away for seven hours without proper accounting, raises the
question as to the actual motives behind the police action.
Is Tan’s arrest the beginning of a clampdown on dissent and criticism
particularly in the blogosphere?
Had Tan become a pawn in a trade-off among the powers-that-be in the
political and police establishments to close ranks and protect their
vested interests in the face of more and more specific and detailed
allegations and increasing expose in the public domain of corruption,
malpractices and abuses of power involving both the top political and
Free Nat Now. Abdullah should be aware that the whole world is watching
Malaysia. If the Prime Minister does not want the 50th Merdeka Anniversary
celebrations to start off infamously, he should act and restrain police
abuses by freeing Tan immediately.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman