Najib – release PSM6 immediately and unconditionally or face the wrath of the people in next general elections

The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak should release the PSM6 led by Sungei Siput MP Dr. Michael Jeyakumar who have been detained under the Emergency Ordinance (EO) on the most spurious and ridiculous grounds or face the wrath of the people in the next general elections.

Jeyakumar started a hunger strike yesterday in sheer frustration over his prolonged detention under EO.

It is most deplorable that high-handed and arbitrary police and government actions still persist some three weeks after the 709 peaceful Bersih 2.0 rally – worst examples being the unjust, unjustified and unwarranted detention of the PSM6.

Jeyakumar and five others have been detained under the Emergency Ordinance since July 2 after initially being arrested on June 25 with two dozen other PSM members under Section 122 of the Penal Code for allegedly “waging war against the Agong” and trying to revive communism.

Section 122 of the Penal Code states: “Whoever collects or attempts to collect men, arms or ammunition, or otherwise prepares to wage war with the intention of either waging or being prepared to wage war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or any of the Rulers or the Yang di-Pertua Negeri or abets the waging or the preparation of such war, shall be punished with imprisonment for life or imprisonment for a term not exceeding twenty years, and shall also be liable to fine.”

This is a heinous offence – waging war against the Yang di Pertuan Agong, liable on conviction to life imprisonment.
But who would believe that Jeyakumar and the other 29 PSM activists originally arrested on June 25 had been guilty of the heinous crime of “waging war against the Agong”?

The answer is none at all – not even the police and the home ministry which is why after the seven-day remand of the 30 PSM activists, no one whether from the Police or the Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein breathed a word about the heinous crime of “waging war against the Agong” and “reviving communism” as the charges are so ridiculous and unbelievable as the raise serious questions about the right and sanity of a government capable of such fantasies to rule the country.

Malaysians are entitled to ask who are the officers or politicians who had been so “creative” as to concoct the heinous charge of Section 122 of Penal Code of “waging war against the Agong” against the PSM activists in the first instance. These persons responsible for such ridiculous charges should be publicly exposed and punished for a most gross abuses of power.

I will ask in next Parliament who are the police officers who concocted such charges and who are their police superiors who gave the approval, and whether the advice of the Attorney-General or his officers had been sought.

The PSM six headed by Jeyakumar have been detained under the EO for 22 days after the end of their seven-day remand on July 2 on the ridiculous charge of “waging war against the Agong”.

The 42-year EO is an obsolete law which violates democratic norms and fundamental human rights and should have been repealed five years ago if the Barisan Nasional Government had accepted the recommendations of the Dzaiddin-Hanif Police Royal Commission Report to create an efficient, incorruptible, professional world-class police service.

The Dzaiddin-Hanif Royal Commission chaired by former Chief Justice Tun Dzaiddin with former Inspector-General of Police Tun Haniff as deputy chairman made 125 recommendations with the specific mission change for the Royal Malaysian Police to focus on three core functions – to reduce crime, eradicate corruption and uphold human rights.

It recommended that by May 2006, the Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969 (the law under which PSM6 are detained) should be repealed “because it has outlived its purpose and in some instances facilitated the abuse of some fundamental liberties”.
The detention of PSM6 under EO (i.e. EPOPCO) is the latest illustration of what the Dzaiddin-Haniff Royal Commission had warned six years ago that EO would “facilitate the abuse of some fundamental liberties”.

It is clear from the initial arrests of PSM30 on the ludicrous charge of “waging war against the Agong” (Sec 122 of Penal Code”) to the subsequent detention of the PSM6 under EO, the Malaysian Police were guilty of practicing the deplorable tactics of “Arrest first, find the charges later”.

This is totally against the spirit of the rule of law, as the Police is betraying its role as the upholder of the rule of law by abusing its powers to “arrest first, find the charges later”.

The PSM6 were accused of being “prime movers” of 709 Bersih 2.0 rally, which have been proved totally false.

Without the PSM6, the 709 Bersih 2.0 rally had been such a great success that it has become a historic watershed in the awakening of Malaysians that regardless of race, religion, region, class, gender and age, they are truly one Malaysian people with the united bond of love for country and common aspiration for fair and free elections and a Clean Malaysia – more meaningful than Najib’s 1Malaysia slogan which is nothing more than 1Malaysia T-shirt, Malaysia Tupperware, 1Malaysia mineral water, 1Malaysia burger in the 1Malaysia circus.

  1. #1 by DAP man on Friday, 29 July 2011 - 1:31 pm

    Ibrahim Ali is clearly a bigger threat to peace and harmony in the country. He threatened the Christians with a holy war cry. He threatened the Chinese.
    Yet nothing happened to him.

  2. #2 by gofortruth on Friday, 29 July 2011 - 1:47 pm

    Do you think the 2 bodyguards dared to C4 a stranger without the authority from higher up?

    Do you think the immigation officer dared to delete entry records of certain Mongolian without the authority from higher up?

    Do you think MACC officers dared to picked on a mere RM 2000 national flags case to the extend of murdering an innocent witnesss TBH without the authority from higher up?

    Do you think the police officers dared to arrest people under EO without the authority from higher up?

    Our Prime minister Najib & Home minister Hishamuddin are personally responsible for such a deplorable state of affair. They should resign in shame!

  3. #3 by Sallang on Friday, 29 July 2011 - 1:48 pm

    Uncle Kit, is it not true that, only the king can pardon a convict from death sentence.

    In this case, if the king does not feel ‘threatened’ at all, does he need recommendation from the PM/Home minister or AG/police to release Dr. Jeya?

  4. #4 by k1980 on Friday, 29 July 2011 - 1:59 pm

    Come to think of it, TBH would still be alive today even if he possesses a 24 million ringgit palace IF & ONLY IF he were to be a bn aide instead of an opposition aide.

    Hypothesis 1: TBH is in bn and has a 24 million ringgit palace

    Hypothesis 2: Toyo has a 24 million ringgit palace and is still alive.


  5. #5 by sheriff singh on Friday, 29 July 2011 - 2:24 pm

    The government could free them all but put them under restricted movement and residence in say Baru Bian’s territory.

    PR will do well to address the bigger issue : what will they do (when they get to Putrajaya) about this EO and related thingies ?

    What will it do about that Royal Commission on the Police Report (2005) ? How will they rein in the uniformed groups who abuse their powers and authority?

  6. #6 by drngsc on Friday, 29 July 2011 - 2:57 pm

    Dear PM Najib, Please free EO6 or charge them in court. Let us know what wrong they have done.

    For the bigger picture, we need to repeal this Emergency Ordinance. How can you detain someone, and try and see which crime you wish to pin on him? Preventive detention for a yet unknown crime? They are still investigating ( or shall I say searching ) to see which crime to pin on them.

    We must change the tenant at Putrajaya

  7. #7 by sheriff singh on Friday, 29 July 2011 - 3:20 pm

    The tenant is not paying his rent. He’s running out of money. We should get an eviction order.

  8. #8 by Jeffrey on Friday, 29 July 2011 - 4:33 pm

    Emergency Ordinance (preventive detention) (EO) is outdated. Promulagted at time when the country was in emergency during Communists attacks, surely its existence now cannot imply the country is still in state of emergency throughout this 40 years unless its an emergency of the ruling coalition fearing losing power that we’re talking about..When asked by reporters on 3rd July why PSM6 detained he was reported to have said that the illegal rally invited exploitations from certain quarters.“There are several elements involved when there is a demonstration like this, some people want to to take part so there is a chance they are communists, some are agitators, maybe there are those who join because they like unruly and wild situations which can rouse them,” he said. However Bersih on 9th July 2011 is already over. So what’s the reason for contiuing detaining PSM6? To prevent what, now that Bersih 2.0 is over ? Even Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin has broken ranks by calling for the release of the PSM6.

  9. #9 by boh-liao on Friday, 29 July 2011 - 5:29 pm

    Outdated is not d concern of NR n UmnoB as long as EO serves their purpose
    They don’t even want 2 know dat communists r now capitalists, busy making $$, not waging war against nations

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