Friday, November 07, 2008

Raja Petra Freed

On my way to Port Klang this morning, I received a cellphone text message from my lawyer friend Elviza at the Shah Alam High Court that blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin (RPK) is to be released by this evening. Justice Syed Ahmad Helmy had ruled that his detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) was illegal and unconstitutional. I immediately then made a detour to the courts complex to meet and congratulate RPK's indefatigable wife Marina, her lawyers Malik and Haris and the many supporters present.

The judge ruled that Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar had not followed proper procedure under Section 8 of the ISA to issue the detention order against Raja Petra. There was also no relevance for the minister to issue the order on the basis of mala fide. "I agree the formulation of the ISA was to protect the security of the nation and is constitutional. However, the court can review the detention order if it finds instances where the minister could have acted beyond his jurisdiction to issue the two-year detention order," he said.

In other words, it was implied that there was an abuse of power by the minister. (Read the Malaysiakini report, here)

Pak Habib, please resign now that you have made a complete ass of yourself.


  1. Dear Ancient Mariner,
    By now all the PR supporters will be praising our justice system,including our PM tak jadi,since he won in the preliminary round.
    Thats how it goes,when judgment is in our favour.When comes to Razak baginda,theres a lot of unanswered question.

  2. Profit:

    Nah. This just goes to show that there are still some good people left in the judiciary.

    OTOH, this may also be a political decision!

  3. profit,

    You must have that brain damaging umnotisis desease. No wonder you equating RPK's case with Baginda's case. I wouldn't blame you bcoz of the incurable disease. RPK's case is simple: He was detained bcoz he "insulted Islam" (according to "Syid" Humid Alblur). Now, what do you do in such a case? Alblur doesn't have the powers to detain him bcoz Islam is not under his authority and RPK is a Selangorian so he should be tried by Islamic Courts in his state. That's was the crux of the matter and that's why the judge said "Syid" Alblur went overboard and gave himself powers that he didn't have. You mean you can't get that? Still, no blame bcoz you have been damaged by Umnotisis.

    Coming to Baginda's case: do you need a toddler's input for you to understand how wrong, manipulated the case from the start? From changing judges twice, prosecutors twice, to "tentative judgement" assurance from none other than the DPM, from releasing him while detaining the two policemen who killed her under orders. Who gave the orders? Who deleted the highly protected immigration records? The devil? Asshole!

  4. Syed Hamid has proven a no of times that he's as flip-flop as his present boss. First he said the Police beat base in Chow Kit was moved because of danger posed to Police personnel. Of course many people commented on this utterly stupid reasoning. Then he changed his stand by saying that it was moved because the owner wanted it back, an equally laughable reasoning. Will he change it again?

    frm: not flip.

  5. The best thing RPK can do now is to channel his literary skills towards something less sinister - to build rather than destroy.

    He should stop thinking he is such a hero - a self professed Raja Bugis!

    The old (negative) myth that the Bugis were pirates has been replaced by a more positive description of this migratory people.

    There were nobleman conquerors and learned Sufi masters among them!


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