RPK arrested under ISA

Updated at 8 pm

Shocking news. The big brother has decided to act.

RPK has been arrested under the draconian Internal Security Act at about 1 pm today.

This is reported in Malaysiakini:

Controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin has been detained under the Internal Security Act, said his wife Marina Lee Abdullah.

According to her, Raja Petra was arrested when 10 police personnel who arrived at his home in Sungai Buloh at 1.10pm.

When Malaysiakini contacted her at 1.25pm, the police personnel were still there.

I object strongly the use of ISA on RPK.  My fellow Malaysians must voice out their objections on this. ISA should have been abolished long time ago as it is an archaic law formualted to fight the Communists in the 50s and 60s.

 This is from Dr Toh Kin Woon’s statement in Aliran:

I learnt with great alarm and concern just a while ago of the arrest of famous Malaysian blogger, Raja Petra bin Raja Kamaruddin, also popularly known as RPK, under the highly obnoxious Internal Security Act (ISA) by the Federal Government. I am equally concerned over the issuance of show cause letters by the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Sin Chew Chinese daily, theSun and Suara Keadilan, the official weekly of Parti Keadilan, as to why their publishing permits should not be withdrawn.


RPK is a blogger known for his courage and commitment to justice, fair play and a non-racial approach to nation building. His blog, Malaysia Today, is extremely popular as it reveals the truth behind many issues that have hogged the limelight. But the truth often is not what our leaders in the Federal Government would like Malaysians to know. The reason is obvious; such truths put them in a bad light. They therefore attempt to whitewash them with their own spins or non-revelation of the facts. But by revealing them, RPK has made Malaysians more aware of the many cases of abuses and corruption that have drained the country of its precious assets, and demoralised the nation’s workforce. By doing so, he has also advanced the cause of justice. It is shocking that immediately after promising not to block access to the electronic media, the Federal Government should resort to this draconian measure of using the ISA to detain RPK. I condemn this arrest and call on the Federal Government to immediately and unconditionally release RPK. If the latter has violated any laws, he should be brought to court for a fair and impartial trial.


It is equally shocking that the Ministry of Home Affairs should issue a show cause letter to the Sin Chew Daily, theSun and the Suara Keadilan. From what I know, they merely reported on what was said by some leaders during the Permatang Pauh by-election. If these news reports contain racial undertones, the fault lies with those who made those statements, and not those who reported on and published them. Yet the same Ministry did not see it fit to take any action against those who uttered racist and seditious statements, but instead chose to punish those who reported and published them. This is clearly turning justice on its head. Again, I condemn such a high-handed action of the Ministry and call upon it to withdraw such show cause letters.


It is blatantly obvious that the state is now resorting to the use of dictatorial and draconian measures to intimidate all those who wish to tell and reveal the truths. Even those who merely do their job honestly as journalists and the newspapers that they work for are not spared. It is increasingly obvious, too, that the present Federal Government is not prepared to allow the space for freedom of speech, including the freedom of the press. But Malaysians want such a space. The obvious way for them to realise their goal is to support a change of government at the Federal level.



41 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anak Malaysia
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 14:14:51


    What is your say about this? Still wants to stay under BN huh? What happened to your so-called ideals? Is it still relevant….?


  2. Looking for Hockey players for TVC
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 14:15:58


    Nothing new. all repressive regimes do that. Old habits die hard. No use talking to them. It is hard to teach old dogs new tricks.

    I might not subscript to what you said but i defend your right to say it. Thus not even Ahmad Ismail deserve to be detain under ISA.


  3. Looking for Hockey players for TVC
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 14:19:03

    Anak Malaysia

    Let’s face it. Gerakan was a movement back then, not anymore……for a long time.

    Dr Tan Chee Koon would turn in his grave to see such spineless membership.

    Sorry Dr.


  4. Uncle
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 14:24:01

    I belief Gerakan voice would be louder then ours, Dr. please request your boss to act fast, we the rakyat we give them marks. Please tell them this matter is urgent.

    Thank you in advance.


  5. Justin Choo
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 14:32:44



  6. clearwater
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 14:35:09

    RPK expected to be detained under the ISA. This was implied in his recent postings. His early release depends very much on a change of government, the more critical among other events that could set him free. I do not think RPK’S detention under ISA is any more justifiable than many others so incarcerated; this is intimidation at the most extreme on critics of the system. Another sad day for Malaysia.


  7. peng
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 14:39:42

    Sigh! We are facing the darkest times now.
    The clampdown has began. Show cause letters to the 3 newspapers, and now ISA for RPK. What will be next? Freedom has flown out of the window! Into a darkness more than night…


  8. Dr Hsu
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 14:48:31

    The reader named Uncle, i have upon hearing the news sent an urgent SMS to a top leader ad this is my sms:

    “Sdr, I strongly condemn the use of ISA on raja Petra . Dissenting voices must not be stifled under the guise of security threat. Charge him in court if he is wrong. Please voice out .”

    I await their action.


  9. yh
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 14:54:30

    dr hsu

    you think your party wil act except to give lip service.
    BN will just have to bring the whip into use and I am 110% sure the whole leadership will toe the line.
    All I can say Dr you are in the wrong party. having said this, I hope I am wrong and it will be wonderful that your party one day will live up to its founders’ ideology.


  10. romerz
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 14:55:19

    Ahmad Ismail is more of a threat to internal security than RPK so why no ISA on him as well?


  11. Anak Malaysia
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 15:05:38

    This is the so called justice; the BN way!

    AI “the racist” who keep making up racist statements and dliberately set out to incite racial hatred among malay-chinese has been left out scott free…

    RPK whose crime is only in being very vocal in criticizing and exposing the abusive nature of BN is being detained under ISA…

    It seems that it is NOT considered as a CRIME for the action of a person from UMNO to turn the country upside down by instigating racial tensions compared to the action of a person who merely has the guts to expose on the upside down conducts of those people in power…

    Such a double standard, hypocrisy and abuse of power of the BN is very much nauseating and disgusting, both at the same time…

    GERAKAN, your hands are tainted… What are you going to do about that? C’mon… be sensible! Find the courage to do the only available honorable and right thing left to do. Leave BN, once and for all. Not before it is too late…

    The time has come to re-discover your balls or otherwise I would be forever convinced that GERAKAN is a party suitable only for EUNUCH!



  12. Malaysian
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 15:15:39

    Fucking BN, only know how to use ISA to stop people talking about their bad things. We have no choice but need to change our government. BN is not longer suitable for Malaysia, because they got too many stupid inside their party. STOP ISA, stupid BN.


  13. Anak Malaysia
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 15:19:09


    I’m in tha same opinion with yh. Definitely you are inside the wrong party…

    When I was small, my parents remind me NOT to blindly follow others in the daily affairs of life. It goes something like this:
    “Kalau orang makan tahi, x kan kita pun nak makan tahi….”

    BN today is a “shit” in deep shit! Why GERAKAN chooses to remain inside this shit, it’s something to be pondered…


  14. A true Malaysian
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 15:19:32

    Dr. Hsu and all,

    It was indeed unfortunate for BN government to use ISA. There are other laws that can be used to charge RPK and trial in open court.

    Following this arrest, I predict more and more grassroot members of BN political parties to cross over to Pakatan Rakyat. There is no point for them to stay since their voices are not being heard at all by their leaders. We will see exodus for sure.

    Just a simple question, is ISA in line with Islamic teachings?

    At the end of the days, as I always said, use your votes wisely.

    13th GE on the pipeline, romerz?


  15. A true Malaysian
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 15:24:25

    At the end of the day, these parties will have leaders without grassroots.


  16. jamesloh
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 15:28:37

    great news that is needed ..we need more cases and issues for people to be angry..prk knew that n expected that.the matter is up to u guys to make it big bigger biggest


  17. yh
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 15:40:51


    isa is fundmanetally wrong and is an evil tool which can easily abused by the government of the day. isa must go, without exception, and is not right to be used on Ahmad.
    the fastest way to get rid of isa is have PR as the government of the day since it has promised to remove this abhorrent tool once it comes to power. Cant wait for GE13. Oh, i wish 916 will come true but deep inside me, I know it wont happen.


  18. cilipadi
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 15:50:36

    Dr M: Chinese don’t mind race politics, it’s Pak Lah they can’t stand

    The Chinese do not reject Barisan Nasional’s race-based politics, but instead they just want to get rid of Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.


    Can you believe this?


  19. Looking for Hockey players for TVC
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 15:50:49

    Saudara Saudari

    1) RPK + PKR had been baiting those Donkeys from the word start. Unbelievable they too it. They don’t call him Bodowi for nothing.

    2) “i have upon hearing the news sent an urgent SMS to a top leader”

    And what to we suppose ‘Doormat’ Koh could do ??? Probably his usual whimpy whimsy “We will discuss it behind close door!!!”


  20. Frank
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 15:56:20

    Our deepest condolences to the death of Justice in this promised land and I moan for the incarceration of such a righteous great man who in his heart only thinks of a free, clean and just Nation with prevalent peace always!

    The feudalistic and despotic Government needs no more diagnosis and no best medicine in the world can cure them from these incurable pathological disease of being hazardous to the rakyat and the Nation as a whole!

    Losing RPK will be a lost of beacon in the current turbulent sea of Malaysia and we urge PR, DSAI and all those right minded peoples to stand out in defense of Justice that we have ever longing for!

    If Gerakan dares to lead the good cause, we will be behind you and I believe more peoples will be behind you to act against this injustice and evil plot!

    Sad to see this happens to RPK in the holy month of Muslims!………Sigh!


  21. romerz
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 16:07:27

  22. nick
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 16:10:58

    Nothing surprises me anymore. RPK or Pete was ready anyway. He was pushing the boundary and it snapped. The idiots in government cannot take it anymore. They cannot let MT win (after lifting the website ban). Indeed another backward step for democracy and justice. I am expecting more arrests very soon. Since they have started down this low road, might as well fill up kamunting with more people. This odious act confirms my assertion that botak blur is an EVIL man and a scumbag.


  23. chauncey gardener
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 17:22:05

    The detention of RPK may have effectively caused the hearing of his sedition case on implicating the DPM in the Mongolian translator case to be deferred. Pity as I am sure many people would like to hear what new angle RPK would be able to put forward.

    Of course, the infamous Ahmad Ismail should not be placed under ISA – he should be hauled up under the Seidition Act. So should Khir Toyo for inciteful remarks made in relation to some Islamic issues. In fact he should be sued for libel.

    The ISA was originally enacted to counter the communist insurgency, in particular the Communist Party of Malaya. The CPM has since disbanded but the ISA has not. It has become a tool of convenience for those in power.

    Let us hope that at some point in time, a new govt will repeal this law.


  24. nick
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 17:50:02

    Din Merican said this in his blog:

    “Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, went on the record in 1988 to state:

    “If we want to save Malaysia and Umno, Dr Mahathir (then Prime Minister) must be removed. He uses draconian laws such as the Internal Security Act to silence his critics.”

    The year before, he had also stated:

    “Laws such as the Internal Security Act have no place in modern Malaysia. It is a draconian and barbaric law.”

    Wow, AAB is trying hard to be like TDM in his cruelty!


  25. cilipadi
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 17:55:40

    As I see it, there is no hope those BN parties will pull out from the coalition. Hope is on individual member to resign from their respective parties.


  26. desmond
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 19:12:59

    So dear Dr Hsu, this is what happens when we have a bankrupt government. The injustice that happened this week alone boggles the mind. It is unbelievable that any so called democratic government can justify the different action taken against the Penang UMNO division chief (now ex-chief?) and against RPK for what each did.

    This government is really insufferable.

    It brings nothing but dishonor to any self respecting person to be associated with such behaviour.


  27. eugene
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 19:25:24

    the recent series of events were orchestrated by Amno with the sole purpose of creating racial tension,do not play into their trap, they are just waiting for the right time to declare emergency rule and subsequently put all opposition leaders under ISA hence jeopardize PR plan to take over the fed gorvernment, fortunately our opposition leaders have learn from 1969 n know what and how to talk. we jusy have to stay calm. as for RPK, rumour has it that he will be out within a week.


  28. Frank
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 19:28:13

    The only way to stop these atrocities and fiendish acts is to throw them out and replaced with a new Government! Replace them with PR is the only solution!………

    Rise PR to free the rakyat from draconian laws to free RPK and to free our Nation from the eyes of despise from the global citizens!

    Those who spoke in the public with seditious and defamatory statements threatening the racial harmony and national unity could be pardoned without need to apologize! Those who spoke in candid and righteousness did not even been given his human rights to defense in a Court of Justice! Are we now living in a State of Junta?!

    It’s time we all rakyat say NO to the Government! WE can’t wait until the next general election with all these dictators trampling our rights and livelihoods for any single day, any longer!!!


  29. peter
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 19:32:41

    you know what rais said: no ISA on Ahmad cause of the impact on UMNO.
    what a guy, he is. Remember he did his thesis for hi doctorate and what has written is in conflict with his actions as a cabinet member, his answer was that ” its a thesis for my doctorate and it is not what I believe”
    same freaking nonsense here. Let me say this dumbo rais. Yup, dont use the ISA on Ahmad. I wholly agree. Its because this abhorrent act is against all civility.


  30. Uncle
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 20:18:24

    Dear Dr., the 8pm news reported The Gerakan representative voicing similarly as your sms.

    Gerakan still got hope.


  31. Dr Hsu
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 20:45:16

    yes, my leaders have replied that they are going to speak out strongly on this and also the show cause letter to the 3 newspapers

    Whatever it is, we must do our best to get RPK to come out of police custody. ANd we must ensure that the 3 newspapers would not become the convenient scape goats .


  32. Dr Hsu
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 20:50:32

    i agree with yh that ISA is totally wrong. It should have been repelled long long ago. No one should be detained under ISA; if anything charge them in open court.


  33. Frank
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 20:59:37

    Hi Doc,

    Keep up with the good work, keep us update on the latest ongoings, we are concerned citizens of our beloved Nation! We just can’t afford to let our Country be run by these dictator-like leaders whereby they will only miscarry all of us to doom!

    Leaders can come and go, the destiny of the Nation cannot be taken as a bet! Good leaders stay, lousy ones OUT! We fear no dictator!!!


  34. Malaysian
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 21:41:05

    Why ask those 3 newspaper the reason they shouldn’t be charge, why don’t this stupid BN leader ask himself why he want to stop people telling the true?


  35. Kenny Gan
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 21:48:34

    All hopes are now on the conscientious BN MPs to help Anwar bring down this immoral govt. Please act now or the window of opportunity is closing fast.


  36. Justin Choo
    Sep 12, 2008 @ 22:01:24

    As far as I am aware, Dr Koh tsu koon has not made any comment after the UMNO announcement of the ban. I can’t find any more terrible adjective to describe him. Maybe as flat as a capati, or as thick as rat glue.

    MCA and Gerakan must stand up or just close shop. They don’t seem to understand the prevailing sentiment of the people. They are insulting our intelligence and testing our patience.


  37. eugene
    Sep 13, 2008 @ 10:35:16

    Just remain calm . . . . . . Sin Chew reporter & Teresa ‘s arrest could just be a curtain raiser to eventually bring down apanama Ahmad N Apanama Toyo by AAB. Just watch . . . . .Meantime, Gerakan should take the opportunity to get out of Amno. Dr Hsu, what do think ?


  38. chaptokam
    Sep 13, 2008 @ 18:24:01

    Good News the Sin Chew reporter has been released today according to Botak the Home Minister . He mentioned Tan held for her own safety , What utter Rubbish , think we are all chidren ! under ISA for her own safety ? What an idiot making such statement .
    Overzealous (S)haw (B)rothers of Peace Hill simply groping anyone just to show their producers and directors they are doing their job . This is a very bad production and their movie has received very bad ratings from the public


  39. Dr Hsu
    Sep 13, 2008 @ 18:27:55

    indeed, this is good news. I await better news for Teresa Kok and RPK’s release.


  40. chaptokam
    Sep 13, 2008 @ 20:36:26

    Justin Choo

    MCA and Gerakan members were protesting outside the Penang police HQ asking Tan to be release . Suggest you look up the NTV7 news tonight or maybe TV3 at 12midnight .


  41. chaptokam
    Sep 13, 2008 @ 20:40:17

    Dr Hsu

    these are all the signs of turbulence before the situation becomes better for everyone .

    Just picture yourself in a plane going thru a thunderstorm . The plane will have to fly above the storm clouds and once it passes that , you will see the sun shining above and there will be peace .


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