BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)
The police routinely arrest and detain suspects. To investigate crimes of all hues – theft, robbery, kidnap, murder, assault, drug trafficking, rape and such like.
But there is now a growing proliferation of a new range of suspects – members of NGOs and opposition parties, academics, and more recently, the high profile opposition parliamentarian – Nurul Izzah.
Their “crimes”? Participating in demonstrations, tweeting, making statements, speaking in Parliament.
Of course, offences are offences: assemblies must be lawfully convened and the notorious Sedition Act not violated – even it seems, in Parliament.
What is remarkable, however, is locking up these suspects for investigation and worse for “further investigation”. Some overnight; others for days. Read more