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Syed Hamid clarifies Suaram official’s arrest

PUTRAJAYA, 21 Oct 2008: Johor Baru Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) secretary Cheng Lee Whee was held for questioning under Section 28 of the Internal Security Act (ISA) and not detained under the act, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar clarified today.

“Please read (the provisions of) the act. The act is not only for detention (of people),” he told reporters after attending the monthly gathering of the ministry, here.

Therefore, she was not an ISA detainee, he said of Cheng, 26, who was arrested on 17 Oct under Section 28 of the act and released 19 hours later after questioning.

Cheng had allegedly posted on the Johor police web portal a statement accusing the police of abuse of power.

Section 28 of the act provides for imprisonment of up to three years and a fine of up to RM5,000, or both, upon conviction. — Bernama


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