An unconfirmed report has it that Raja Petra Kamarudin (picture blow), a leader of the Malaysian blogger community, social activist cum political commentator, and the personality behind the now famous http://www.malaysia-today.net, may yet be arrested by the Police and charged under the Sedition Act for his recent article on the Altantuya murder. I have also been told by another source that one of his writers will charged for sedition on May 6, 2008.
I appeal to all human rights lawyers and fans of Raja Petra and malaysia-today.net to stand by our man. The Badawi government only respects strong public sentiments against intimidation of loyal Malaysians who campaign for freedom, justice and democracy. We cannot stand by and watch on the sidelines. We could be next. I spoke to Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim on Sunday, May 4 and he told to monitor the Raja Petra situation closely. This morning I talk to my colleague, lawyer and MP for Selayang, William Leong who confirmed that he was alerted by Bukit Aman of the PDRM’s intention to arrest Raja Petra.
Having said that, I hope that good sense will prevail and the Badawi Government will stop the harassment and intimidation of journalists and bloggers. We should get on with the business of governing Malaysia. We face challenges in the coming months and next year as the global economy goes into a severe recession led by the United States, the largest economy in the world. We must tackle problems on a non-partisan basis and cooperate with each other in the national interest. It is not interest of our nation, when our government acts against citizens who have the courage of their conviction to speak up when there is injustice , corruption and abuse of power.—Din Merican
My dear friend and fellow blogger, Raja Petra Kamarudin