So Tan Hoon Cheng was detained for her own safety! Interesting sort of protection scheme, I must say.
Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar says the Sin Chew Daily reporter may be released as early as today, according to The Star online.
He said Tan was detained to ensure her safety as police intelligence indicated that there were threats to her life after she reported on Ahmad Ismail’s allegedly racist remarks.
“We have no intention of holding a reporter as after all she was just taking notes of the comments made by a certain party that led to a public debate.
“She maybe released as soon as today after police have obtained all information needed,” he said, adding that the reporter’s detention was part of the police preventive action.
Asked on the detention of Selangor senior executive councillor Teresa Kok, Syed Hamid said she was arrested due to her comments on mosques and the Azan recently.
”Her comments have created public disorder and problems,” he said.
Asked whether Kok would be released soon, he said it was up to the police, as they have to access the situation before taking any further action.
He added no more arrests under ISA are expected but it would depend on the situation of public order.
”We are not making arrests just for the sake of arrests. ”We will not make any more arrests under ISA as long as there is no more disturbance to peace and public order,” he said.
He also appealed to all newspapers to cooperate with the Government and not incite negative feelings or sentiment.
I don’t think Utusan was fair in reporting the allegations against Teresa on its front page today without reporting her denials and the police reports made by the Pas MP and mosque officials, which supported her position.