MALAYSIA: Another student abducted under notorious Act
Student leader detained under ISA
Saturday July 7 - http://www.malaysiakini.com/News/2001/07/2001070705.php3
Sat: A 22-year-old student leader from Universiti Malaya (UM) was detained
under the Internal Security Act (ISA) yesterday, making it the second
arrest of a student under the Act over the past three days.
Mohamad Fuad Mohd Ikhwan, who is the universitys student representative
council president was arrested in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, at about 4 p.m.
Federal police spokesman, Benjamin Hasbie confirmed today that Mohamad, a
third-year business management student, was detained under the ISA - a law
which is used to detain those perceived to be a threat to national security.
The students brother, Mohamad Hafiz, when contacted, said the police had
telephoned him yesterday evening to inform about the arrest.
However they did not give any reasons for his arrest. They just told me
that my brothers motorcycle was at the Travers police station and asked me
to collect the key at the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters, he said.
Mohamad Hafiz also said the house which his brother rents with 13 other
students in Kelana Jaya, was raided by the police twice this week.
On Thursday, police had arrested 24-year-old Institut Kemahiran Mara (IKM)
student, Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainuddin under the ISA.
Following the arrest, police raided his residence in Bangsar and seized
printed materials, video compact discs (VCD) and a computer.
Khairul, a known reformasi supporter, is a coordinator of a student
movement pressing for the abolishment of the ISA - which allows indefinite
detention without trial.
The detention of the two students under the Act will allow the police to
hold them for an initial 60-day investigative period after which they would
either be released or sentenced to a two-year detention.
Meanwhile, DAP leader Lim Kit Siang said today that the arrests was a sign
that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was breaking from international
norms on democracy and human rights to consolidate his powers.
Mahathir, during the presentation of the Third Outline Perspective Plan
(OPP3) in parliament in April, had said that the government was willing to
depart from the established international norms and will not hesitate to
use the full force of the law when the countrys interests are threatened.
Lim also urged Education minister Musa Mohamad to stop the use of the ISA
against students if the minister wants to see the return of a vibrant
intellectual culture in local universities.
The Universities and Universities Colleges Act (UUCA), which is the
primary cause for the death of the intellectual culture among academicians
and students must also be repealed, said Lim.
Keadilan deputy youth leader Low Chee Chong expressed his fear that the two
students will be forced to admit their involvement in the pre-dawn fire
which gutted the historic Dewan Tunku Canselor (DTC) in UM last Friday.
While Chinese lobby group, Suqiu said the two students should be brought to
a court of law if they had committed any crime.
The probe on the cause of the fire that destroyed the DTC should not be
used as an excuse to deliberately arrest dissidents, said its committee
secretary, Ser Choon Ing in a press statement.
He said the government should take dissenting views of students seriously
and review its policies and practices, adding that the suppression of
student expression will result in students resorting to radical measures.
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