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Wednesday September 17, 2008

MCA seeks release of duo

MCA: Release Kok, RPK from ISA

KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA Central Committee has called for Member of Parliament Teresa Kok (DAP – Seputeh) and blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, who are detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA), to be released.

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said Kok and Raja Petra should be investigated under other laws and be charged in court if there was evidence.

United stand: Ka Ting (right) speaking at a press conference after chairing the MCA presidential meeting at Wisma MCA yesterday. With him are MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy (second from right), and vice-presidents Datuk Fong Chan Onn and Tee Keat (left). — Bernama

“To prevent possible future abuse of the ISA, the central committee calls for a comprehensive review of the ISA so that it will apply strictly to cases relating to terrorism and subversive elements.

“There should also be a mechanism for checks and balances in the use of the ISA,” said Ka Ting after chairing a six-hour meeting at Wisma MCA yesterday.

He also said that the detention of reporter Tan Hoon Cheng for 18 hours under the ISA was totally uncalled for and the explanation given for her detention was unacceptable.

On party matters, Ka Ting said the MCA had acquired the balance of the 20.23% equity in Wisma MCA Sdn Bhd from Koperasi Jayadiri Malaysia Bhd for a total consideration of RM27.6mil.

The sale and purchase agreement was signed on Aug 15, 2008.

“This means that the party headquarters building is now wholly owned by the MCA,” said Ong.

He said the purchase price was based on the basis of “willing-buyer, willing-seller” after taking into account the current market value of Wisma MCA as valued by a professional valuer.

MCA vice-president Datuk Ong Tee Keat hit out at Pakatan Rakyat for calling on Barisan Nasional MPs who opposed the ISA to emulate de facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and resign.

He said the arrests were not sanctioned by the Cabinet and there was no reason why Ministers should resign.

Tee Keat also called on the authorities to expunge the ISA detention record of Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng who was released on Saturday after being detained for 18 hours.

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