Justice For All Malaysia

Anwar Ibrahim: The release of Raja Petra from ISA detention

Posted on: November 7, 2008

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O F F I C E O F A N W A R I B R A H I M
—PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –-

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA; 7 NOVEMBER 2008
The release of Raja Petra Kamaruddin from ISA detention is a victory for the
people of Malaysia. In its ruling against the Home Ministry, the High Court of
Shah Alam has exposed yet another crack in the steadily eroding wall of
justification surrounding the ISA.
I commend the courts which have come to the rescue, as they must do, when
citizens are rendered helpless before arbitrary authority and its inclination to the
abuse of power. It is through the judge’s commitment to justice that Raja Petra
will once again experience the freedom that is the birthright of all Malaysians.
This episode underscores the fact that the government of the day is unfit to lead.
By the sheer arrogance of its perceived grip on power, it has failed to recognise
and respond to the Malaysian people’s desire for democracy, freedom and
adherence to the rule of law.
Those BN leaders and particularly cabinet members who expressed staunch
support of the ISA should feel remorse over the hardship that has been foisted
upon Raja Petra, his family and the many others still detained without hopes of
trial.
To those members of Parliament who have been silent in response to Pakatan
Rakyat’s efforts to initiate a debate on abolishing the ISA, I urge you to
reconsider your position. The Court’s decision today offers a new opportunity to
work together to rid Malaysia of this unjust law once and for all.
Many others still languish in prison under the draconian ISA, including members
of Hindraf and individuals allegedly involved with radical groups such as Jemaa
Islamiyah. They all deserve the right of judicial review. I reiterate my call for
their immediate release and that any credible charges against them should be
made in a court of law.
ANWAR IBRAHIM

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