NEWS – Sept 23
RPK sent to Kamunting…
1. Malaysia’s famed political blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin or better known as RPK was brought to ISA detention centre at Kamunting, near Taiping, Perak this morning. He’ll begin his detention there for up to 2 years.
2. Arrested since Sept 12, RPK will continue to be held without trial under Section 8(1) of the ISA, reporters were told by his lawyers who were at the High Court today to argue RPK’s habeas corpus application. RPK’s wife Marina and ex-ISA detainee-Seputeh MP Teresa Kok were spotted chatting with former de facto Law Minister Senator Zaid Ibrahim as they sat at the public gallery.
3. Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar confirmed signing RPK’s detention order yesterday after he was satisfied with the reasons given by the police for his detention. The detention was due to RPK’s articles that was deemed insulting to Islam which could arouse anger among Muslims.
4. Malaysian Chinese student-rapper Wee Meng Chee or better known as Namewee has been interogated by the police in Bukit Aman today. He is under probed under the Sedition Act.
5. PKR’s information chief, Tian Chua says that his PR alliance has held talks with the Government over the transition of power. Pak Lah has rebuffed this allegation almost immediately.
6. MIC president Samy Vellu claimed that Pak Lah has agreed to consider releasing the five Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders that were detained under the ISA.
7. Malaysia’s 2008 ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International slipped further to 47 (from 43 last year out of 179 countries) out of 180 countries surveyed. Malaysia was ranked 2nd among ASEAN countries behind Singapore who was ranked 4th in the world.
8. The Malaysian Insider reported that nearly all (except two) of Umno’s state chiefs will support the Pak Lah – Najib Razak team for the top two positions in the party. Umno division meetings will begin on October 9 and Pak Lah needs at least 58 nominations out of 191 Umno divisions to qualify to contest the Presidency in December polls.
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