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
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
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
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?
Kit Siang, DAP
Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor