KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 - DAP leader Teresa Kok is to spend 28 days under the Internal Security Act beginning from yesterday, her father Kok Kim Tong quoted her as saying today hours after the Seputih MP filed a habeas corpus application for freedom
However, Kok, who is also Selangor state senior executive councillor, can meet her lawyers this Wednesday, he added after both he and wife Pong Seh Kwan met her at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman here.
Kok, 44, was detained last Friday night with prominent blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin and Sin Chew Daily journalist Tan Hoon Cheng under the security law which allows for up to 60 days" detention for investigation purposes. Tan was released on Saturday.
The law, which critics call draconian but the authorities say is vital to keep peace and threats against public order and security, was enacted in 1948 by the British for use against the communist threat. Malaysia has widened its use to detain politicians, religious extremists, activists, currency forgers and even a nuclear equipment middleman.
DAP leaders, including Lim Kit Siang and party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, both of whom spent time under the ISA in the 1987 Ops Lalang, accompanied the parents there but were not allowed to meet Kok at 1.40pm, bringing along herbal tea, essence of chicken and some mooncakes for the Mooncake Festival today. In her habeas corpus application filed today by lead counsel Karpal Singh, Kok said her arrest and detention were unlawful and named arresting officer DSP E Kim Tien and the Inspector-General of Police as the respondents. She also sought to be brought to the court and released and granted any other relief deemed fit by the court.