On 2/7/2011, at 1.20pm, human rights defender and parliamentarian Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj and 5 others were arrested under Section 3(1) of the Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969, a detention without trial law which allows for 60 days detention by the police, and thereafter continued detention under 2-year detention orders which can be issued by the Minister indefinitely.
The six of us have not broken any laws and our crime is that we are socialists and we are attempting to put the issues affecting the poorer 60 percent of Malaysians in the national agenda. eg hospital privatisation, minimum wage and decent wages.
Our detention is totally unwarranted and we are working within the democratic framework. 'Udahlah' the pamphlet distribution call for people to think properly for the general elections.
Our actions and activities is totally within the democratic space allowed by constitution. Sad to see, higher ups in police unable to differentiate between nation and constitution from the party of power (Article 5).
Stand up for democratic rights and let us not allow this kind of intimidation to hold us back.