Friday, September 12, 2008

Raja Petra detained under ISA

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin was detained under Section 73 (1) of the ISA as he was deemed a threat to security, peace and public order.

He said Raja Petra, 58, was picked up at his house in Sungai Buloh at 1.10 pm under Section 73(1) of the Act.

Section 73(1) of the ISA permits the detention of an individual for up to 60 days.

Syed Hamid said the detention came in the wake of various statements published by Raja Petra in his blog “Malaysia Today”, the latest being a commentary which allegedly ridiculed Islam and Prophet Muhammad.

“We have called and advised him many times following the publishing of his statements but he has continued to write, so much so that they (the statements) could pose a threat (to security and public order),” he said.

Syed Hamid also confirmed that Sin Chew Daily, The Sun and Suara Keadilan were issued show cause letters. "They have been given a week to reply," he added.

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