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Statement on Raja Petra and ISA
September 24, 2008
Transparency International Malaysia (TIM) deeply regrets that Raja Petra Kamarudin has been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for two years .
It is very disturbing that the ISA is being used increasingly against those who freely and sincerely express honest and transparent views on improving the well being and future of Malaysia .
The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) issued by Transparency International only yesterday has shown that Malaysia has stagnated at just around the score of 5 out of a maximum of 10 points for the last 8 years. It is considered that this relatively poor performance can be partially attributed to our lack of national transparency due to some restrictive laws such as the Internal Security Act (ISA), Official Secrets Act (OSA) which are the antithesis of Transparency, Accountability and Integrity in our overall national governance.
The international and domestic perceptions of Malaysia’s transparency are being eroded by the easy and unnecessary application of the ISA that was designed to fight communist terrorists .
The repressive laws that we have now are archaic and outdated and are not relevant today to promote a progressive economy and a lively democratic society, with more Press Freedom, 50 years after Merdeka.
Transparency International- Malaysia (TI-M) therefore appeals to the government of Malaysia to:
1. Release immediately Raja Petra and other Detainees who are actually committed Transparent reformers and who the public do not regard as Terrorists and Threats to our national security ; and to
2. Review or Revise and even Revoke, all the laws that constraint the Rule of Law and our Fundamental Freedoms that undermine our Transparency, Accountability and the Integrity of our Nation.
3. Withdraw the “Show Cause Letters” against some Newspapers which have been promoting greater Debate and Transparency in our country .
The Corruption Perceptions for Malaysia can improve considerably, if the government takes urgent action to remove the reasons that in part cause the relatively mediocre CPI for Malaysia, that is, in fact , an advanced developing country, which should normally do better in the CPI.
Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam