Court orders RPK be released immediately !

Good news just before i leave. malaysiakini reported that RPK was ordered by the Shah Alam High Court  to be released as his detention is illegal. To quote Malaysikini:

The Shah Alam High Court this morning ruled that the detention of well-known blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin under the ISA was illegal and ordered his immediate release.

Judge Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad said that Raja Petra’s detention was unconstitutional.

He said that the Home Minister had not followed the proper procedure under Section 8 of the ISA to issue the detention order against Raja Petra.

The judge also ordered that Raja Petra, editor of the popular ‘Malaysia Today’ website, be produced in court by 4pm today after which he should be immediately released.

Raja Petra is presently being held at the Kamunting detention centre in Perak.

raja petra to police station on burma doctor sd 040908 03The ruling by the court followed a habeas corpus application by Raja Petra’s counsel seeking his release from detention under the security law. 








I hope the police will not make another blunder by re-arresting him again , like in some cases before. They can appeal the judgement but please let RPK out immediately.


21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Justin Choo
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 11:54:29



  2. A true Malaysian
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 12:13:17

    I hope this is the beginning of a ‘reformed’ judiciary.

    A ‘small’ step of RPK, a ‘giant’ step for Rakyat.


  3. Dr Hsu
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 12:36:59

    I hope the power that be will just let him out and do not re arrest him. I also hope they would not appeal this judgement. Said Ahmed has done a lot of blunder including arresting Tan Hoon Cheng for her own protection. Enough blunders have been made and i hope they realise their folly and let RPK be free.

    I hope RPK will continue his writings, which has inspired so many, including yours truly.

    You can jail a person but not his ideas. You can ban a movemnet but not its spirits, as I have written on Hindraf ad the solidarity movement of Poland.

    Let a hundred flowers bloom. Let people write about the truth. If there is any untruth in their writings, use the normal laws to sue them in court, but never, never, never use ISA.

    Even a racist like Ah Mad Is Mail should not be detained under ISA although he should be charged under other laws.

    This will be my last comment before i leave and I wish RPK and his family all the best .


  4. A true Malaysian
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 12:53:22

    Where are you leaving Dr. Hsu? Penang again?

    Anyway, safe journey wherever you go.


  5. Dr Hsu
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 13:02:06

    Thank you.

    Going to NZ for my daughter’s oath taking ceremongy which is very important since this is when she will pledge to treat all men as equal and that she will treat all men equally to the best of her ability regardless of colour , religions or class.

    This is what most doctors have to uphold…


  6. Bangsa Malaysia
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 14:06:13

    Take care n rest…you need your strength n energy as there’s much work to be done when you are back.

    Enjoy your time … and we will be here waiting for you.

    When will you be back?

    Congrats to your daughter for making to be a doctor.


  7. Richard Loh
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 14:48:52

    One out, 65 more to go. Everyone, well almost except for the few who think they are above the law, are jubilant over the release. Till 4pm, we have to pray hard that this evil home minister will not do something funny to rearrest RPK.

    Candle light vigils are ongoing.

    Please check here for the upcoming vigils at various locations.


  8. Justin Choo
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 15:24:07

    Dr Hsu,

    Congratulations! Four times over!!

    What had you done in your past lives? You are indeed a blessed father!

    Justin Choo


  9. Looking for Hockey players for TVC
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 18:15:08

    A small step for RPK, a huge leap for Malaysia.


  10. petestop
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 20:34:47

    This is one Raja that commands peerless respect from Malaysian from all walks of life.

    Hidup PKR !! God Save PKR !!


  11. Taikohtai
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 22:30:49

    Doc Hsu,

    Finally we witness some sense and sensibility in RPK’s release and homecoming. Just how can the most popular blogger become an enemy of the state?? I can feel the tide turning but let’s continue to be beware of the wrath of a powerful enemy losing case and face.

    Congratulations on another Dr Hsu and have a pleasant break in NZ.


  12. romerz
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 23:31:39

    I will still continue to wear a yellow ribbon which I’ve been doing for weeks now. Whilst I rejoice for RPK’s release let us not forget the many others still in Kamunting and the ISA still hangs over all our heads.

    We must all continue to soldier on in whatever way we can.

    Doc, give yourself a pat on the back for having done a good job as a father. Enjoy a well deserved break in NZ.


  13. monsterball
    Nov 08, 2008 @ 14:00:47

    It will be uncivilized of me…if I do not wish Dr. Hsu bon voyage…safe and fro.. and congratulate him…with a happy family life.


  14. snake89
    Nov 08, 2008 @ 22:30:05


    times really a beautiful site. Good structure and beautiful design. It on. 🙂



  15. chinseng
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 00:08:29

    Dear Doc Hsu.

    Wishing you having a good time in NZ.

    Quote ” when I normally post in between my patients, resulting in a lot of spelling and typo mistakes.”

    Hey Doc, luckily it is only spelling and typo error when you blog in between your patients and NOT THE WRONG MEDICINE TO YOUR PATIENTS.

    Dear Doc. are you still pushing for GERAKAN to be out of BN and to be an independent idealistic political ( like SAPP in Sabah )?

    If Gerakan still in the BN and you are talking about inviting Zaid Ibrahim or any other malay politician to joint Gerakan. Haha… it is the biggest and greatest joke!

    Can you see that the only way for Gerakan to grow into a bigger multi racial party attracting malay to join the party and become a political force to be rekon with in Malaysia is….
    Gerakan leave the BN and be an independent political force.

    Status quo will remain if Gerakan still stay put in BN and the best it can be is like it is in 2004 ( running the Penang State Government ) and the worst is Gerakan will have to be like the DAP in Penang in the past 18 years before March 08 GE


  16. romerz
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 01:12:54

  17. Dr Hsu
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 04:07:33

    Hi readers, thanks for the comments and kind wishes. I am replying from my daughter’s computer; her line is a bit slow even though she is using a broadband wireless service .

    I am encouraged by RPK’s release. This is a good signs that judicial interference may be less than before now, especially after the strong objections by the public, including all you people, after the Lingam tapes were made public.

    I wish to answer to Chin Seng on Gerakan. Yes, I am still and will be still pushing for gerakan to be out of BN, that is the only way for the party to really return to its ideology that its founders have laid down for the party. What more is that I always believe that even if the party cannot survive outside ( I dont not believe that will be the case, as I strongly think that there is life outside BN) , the most important thing is that the ideology of creating a fair and equal society must live on.

    What i am really worried is that if the present policies are continued for another 4 years, not only BN is dead -I dont give a damn if BN lives or dies)- but i worry that the country will also go down to the drain.

    I see the public will play an important part in pushing for certain changes. If all of us apply pressure, like in the case of Lingam tapes and Tan Hoon Cheng, even the most stubborn politicians would have to give in to the wishes of the people.

    That is why we need to pressure on our MPs, Aduns, NGOs, to repeal the ISA and other unfair policies and I am sure, even in Malaysia, the top would still have to bow to the wishes of the people.

    Gandhi and Luther King had taught us that civil disobedience is a weapon that no government can ignore.

    The release of RPK, the win by Obama are good signs that the world ( and even Malaysia) is changing, hopefully for a better world.

    Last but not least, I thank Monsterball for his message. Despite the differences in our means, our aims are the same , for a better future for future generations of Malaysia.

    PS. Despite normally blogging in between patients, I am a very careful and committed doctor and I am very careful in seeing patients and check and double checks my presciptions and medicines prescribed. The mistakes are sometimes attributed to the sticky keyboard that i have, but although keyboards are cheap, as long as it can still be used, I do not want to change it as long as it is still usable since it is not a biodegradable item and we should not add to the problems of keeping our environment ‘green’ by disposing unnecessary things that could not be easily recycled.


  18. chinseng
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 11:54:41

    Dear Doc. Hsu

    What Malaysia need is a idealistic political party that will administrate the country with GOOD GOVERNANCE like the PPP did in Singapore. No corruption, no abuse of power, practise meritocracy, open tender for all government projects, independent judiciary, no misuse of ISA etc. etc and etc…… Don’t you think that Gerakan, with all the hardware already avaliable now, can aspire to become that idealistic political force??

    Quoting what you said “” that is the only way for the party to really return to its ideology that its founders have laid down for the party””.

    That is what it means by going back to basic.


  19. Kenny Gan
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 15:40:02

    To quote from Malaysian Insider, “A more aggressive MCA emerges”

    Wong also added that while MCA needs to force political reforms, such as abolishing the Internal Security Act, pushing for media freedom and local elections (which would give them a role again in the Chinese majority PR-held states), it has to do so from a position where it is willing to leave BN.

    “If not, being vocal only makes them a paper tiger,” he concluded.”


    Take note of the last sentence. Doesn’t that describe Gerakan act now?


  20. monsterball
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 16:21:51

    Doc..Our aims maybe the same…but the roads we travel are not.
    I have always treated you as a friend…no matter what..but my mind is made up…to apply FOR or AGAINST… UMNO and BN. No….if …buts or why about it..
    Truths does not allow….maybe this or that method is good or bad. It’s humans beings…lack of understanding thinks..that way..and think..that is sincerely the best way..and I bluntly say..your staying in Gerakan…to apply what you are applying…thinking it is a noble act…is not.
    All have spoken so much. is up to you…to think..who is right….you or the majority in your blog..telling you not to waste time in Gerakan.
    But this is not about politics….but about your long journey…and I want to wish you safe journey…to and fro.
    Traveling nowadays far away land… not life before.
    And….I thank Doc for treating me with such loving kindness.


  21. A true Malaysian
    Nov 09, 2008 @ 18:29:33

    No one is absolute right or absolute wrong in one’s opinion.

    Either you agree or disagree is all up to each individual. That is the so-called ‘maturity’ that most of us like to see and I wish to see such ‘maturity’ in our politicians, both in BN and PR.

    I wish to see BN MPs support motion suggested by PR MPs if the motion is in the interest of the Rakyat and vice-versa. Why should they so quick in opposing each other without giving it a thought?


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