Reformasi 6 Countdown Day 4 - DAP CEC calls for immediate release

Press Statement
by Ronnie Liu

(Petaling Jaya, Wednesday): The DAP  Central Executive Committee, at a meeting held last night, has called for the  immediate and unconditional release of the Reformasi Six detained under the  Internal Security Act as there can be no reason or justification whatsoever to  extend the two year ISA detention of the six, whether national security, rule of  law, good governance or political morality. The detention order for the Reformasi Six ends on Sunday,1 June 2003.  

In fact, the six detainees, Tian Chua, Saari Sungib, Hisahamuddin Rais,  Mohammad Ezzam Mohd Nor, Lokman Noor Adam and Dr Badrulamin should never have  been locked away in Kamunting Detention Centre in the first place.  

The Federal Court had,  last September,  unanimously struck down the legality of  their initial ISA detention by police under Section 73 of the ISA as mala fide,  which would have rendered the subsequent Ministerial Order for their detention under Section 8 nugatory  and defective as well.     

The DAP Central Executive Committee also calls for a full parliamentary debate for the  repeal of the draconian ISA, which is one of the recommendations of the SUHAKAM  Report on Review of ISA.


* Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew,  DAP National Publicity  Secretary