(Petaling Jaya, Thursday): The
Parliamentary Secretary to the Home Ministry, Datuk Seri Abu Zahar Isnin, told
Parliament yesterday that the police had submitted its investigations papers
into my arrest by the Ipoh police at the Pasir Pinji Market on 5th
June, 2002 for distributing the “No to 911, No to 929, Yes to 1957”
People’s Awareness Campaign pamphlet under the Sedition Act and that it is now
up to the Attorney-General to decide whether to charge and prosecute me in
replying to an adjournment speech by DAP MP for Bukit Mertajam, Chong Eng, Abu
Zahar said that I was arrested by the Police under Section 4(1)(c) of the
Sedition Act 1948 which carries a maximum sentence of three years’ jail,
RM5,000 fine or both.
am released on RM3,000 police bail until 5th July 2002, I will know
by next Friday whether I would be charged and prosecuted in court under the
happens to me in Ipoh next Friday will be an important test case as to whether
Malaysian democracy, human rights and the rule of law have deteriorated to
a stage of development where it is only permissible to support the “929
declaration” of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad at the
Gerakan national assembly on September 29 last year that Malaysia is an Islamic
State, while any criticism or opposition is not permissible and constitutes a
grave “sedition” offence.
this is the case, then the Malaysian
Consultative Council of Buddhism,
Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism (MCCBCHS) will also be guilty of sedition
because of their statement of 31st
January this year, signed by its President, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Most
Reverend Anthony Soter Fernandez, opposing the “929 declaration” for
violating the 1957 Merdeka Constitution and “social contract”
and reaffirming that Malaysia is a secular state.
will wait for the outcome of the Attorney-General decision on the expiry of my
RM3,000 police bail in Ipoh next Friday.
in the meanwhile, I call on the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
to tell Malaysians whether the enforcement authorities have completed their
investigations and submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers their
the MCA President and Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Ling Liong Sik
should be arrested and prosecuted under the Anti-Corruption Act 1997 for
Agency (ACA) investigations.
Ipoh police lodged a report on 6th June
for my arrest, but two days earlier, I had lodged a police report at the
Dang Wangi police station in Kuala
Lumpur, asking for police investigations as to whether Liong Sik
had committed an offence under Section 19 of the Anti-Corruption Act
disclosed by his former
MCA protégé and businessman Soh Chee Wen’s interview with
police report on 4th June 2002, I had referred to my ACA report of 13th
June 1997, asking for full investigations as to
how :Liong Sik’s son, Ling Hee Leong, could
at the age of 27 embark on corporate acquisitions exceeding RM1.2 billion in a
matter of months and whether there had been improper use and influence of his
father’s political and Ministerial position – which had ended up as one of
the “high-profile” criminal cases which had “gone nowhere”
recently mentioned by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department,
Datuk Dr. Rais Yatim,.
my police report, I referred to the Malaysiakini report of of 28th
May 2002 on its interview with Soh
Chee Wen, where Soh said that Liong
Sik asked him not to “implicate” him in the ACA investigations into my 1997
ACA report. The Malaysiakini report stated:
”’It was around that time that opposition party DAP lodged a report against Ling with the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA).
”’And what was Ling's reaction?
"’He asked me to assist him in not implicating him in the ACA
investigations and to omit stating both Ling and his wife's roles and the benefits derived by them from the previous deals,’ recalled Soh.
”’He said he abided by that request out of ‘fear of losing my posts in MCA’.
“’But, ‘in hindsight, I regret my doing so and I intend to put things right by disclosing the true picture to the ACA in due course’, he said.’
Soh was telling the truth in his interview with Malaysiakini, then it disclosed
Ling committing an offence of obstructing the ACA investigations, which is an
offence under Section 19(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act 1997 with maximum
sentence of RM100,000 fine, ten years’ jail or both.
have been informed that the ACA had gone to Malaysiakini to conduct
investigations in connection with my police report of June 4 against Liong Sik
arising from Soh Chee Wen’s interview.
into my police report of June 4 should be very simple and
straightforward, and there can be no
reason for taking more than a week – or for the Attorney-General to require a
longer time to come to a decision whether to arrest, charge and prosecute Liong
Sik especially as my police report against Liong Sik was made earlier than the
Ipoh police report on my arrest in connection with the “No to 911, No to 929,
Yes to 1957” pamphlet.
this reason, I call on Abdullah to explain whether the ACA
had completed investigations and submitted to the Attorney-General’s
Chambers its recommendations whether
Liong Sik should be arrested and prosecuted for obstructing