Chua Jui Meng given 48 hours to withdraw his "national security" threat against me or I will lodge a report with Suhakam on Tuesday for his quadruple violation of human rights - the right to life, information, personal liberty and freedom of expression
by Lim Kit Siang
(Penang, Sunday): I want to clarify the Malaysiakini report yesterday under the headline "Sars: Kit Siang challenges Pak Lah to use ISA", with the following introduction:
A check with the relevant media statement which I issued will show that I had never issued such a challenge to Abdullah to detain me under the Internal Security Act (ISA). The Malaysiakini headline and introduction were not correct reporting of my media conference statement in Penang yesterday, which is available on the following websites:
At the DAP Bruas new village dinner in Perak last night, I said I was not sure yesterday whether I could keep my dinner appointment with the people of Bruas or whether I would have been taken into police custody a third time under the ISA as threatened by the Health Minister, Datuk Chua Jui Meng on Friday when he virtually accused me of sabotaging national security in pressing for full accountability and transparency from him on the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) situation in the country.
warning of dire action against me after he chaired the first meeting of the
National Committee on SARS and declared that SARS was now "a national
security matter" was most ominous.
As Chua has not lodged any police report against me for the police to initiate investigations of his specific complaint that I had violated a crime chargeable in a court of law, the only police action that could be contemplated is the ISA which has often been sued to arrest opposition leaders on trumped-up charges.
As I said in my speech at the DAP Bruas New Village Dinner last night, I do not wish to be an ISA detainee for a third time, but just like the first two occasions in 1969 and 1987, I will not run away from the country to avoid arrest, as is the wont of MCA leaders nor will I stop demanding that the Health Minister must be fully open and tolerant in his handling of the SARS outbreak - as the right to life is mother of all human rights.
I have no
doubt that if Chua has the powers to use ISA, he would have put me behind
lock-and-key by now, not because I am a threat to national security but a
threat to his personal political security and future by exposing his
Ministerial irresponsibility and ineptitude!
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman