From Andrew Sagayam at The Star, I got this.
Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) information bureau staff Nathaniel Tan, 27, has been remanded for four days under the Official secrets Act (OSA).
Tan, who is also secretary of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Foundation for Future, is believed to been remanded under the Section 8 of the OSA over allegations that he had documents linked to Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Johari Baharom’s alleged involvement in corruption.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohd Najib Abd Aziz confirmed the arrest and remand.
So I guess this might have something to do with Johari Baharom. Nice. First, the Deputy Internal Security Minister gets into a spat with the police, calling them names and all. Then he gets investigated by ACA. Then he gets cleared. Then he gets the police to go after the people who “slander” the nation’s leaders.
What a pity. Kubang Pasu used to be such a placid place. Now, I look at it with jaundiced eyes. Kerana setitik nila…
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Blogger Nathaniel Tan,26, of jelas.net was, according sources, was picked up yesterday(Friday, 13 July,2007) by 3 plain clothes policemen ostensibly from the Special Branch, for questioning.
He was apparently taken to the police headquarters in Bukit Aman, from his office at Yayasan Aman in Phileo Damansara, Petaling Jaya. His notebook computer was taken too.
Last night I was informed by a friend about this and started asking around. Mr Tan spent the night at the Dang Wangi police station and was taken to the Jalan Duta magistrate court today, probably for a remand order. (Tangkap dulu, then only paperwork). They apparently want to cerita tentang Internet.
Liz Wong was running around for 6 hours looking for the guy yesterday before the police finally admitted they have him. Susan Loone has an account at her site too. Rocky and Jeff among others, have updates.
I kinda dread it when plain clothes people come to “escort” people away….esp if they are from Bukit Aman. What with “disappearing” a Mongolian woman, the erasing of immigration records etc…
I’m sorry Datuk Musa Hassan, if my faith in the Malaysian Police is at a very low ebb right now. But you can help me by answering some questions.
1) What are the procedures for arresting a person. Don’t the arresting policeman have to show ID?
2) What is this about denying that Nat Tan was in police custody until repeated inquiry by family and friends?
3) There was an incident in the late 80’s that led to the amendment of the Official Secrets Act, by which result is today, it is lawful to detain a person without trial for up to one year. (Pls correct me if i’m wrong). Is that why u guys used OSA? So he can be held at the whim of the police?
I can’t help but feel this may have something to do with the stupid doctored photos that Tian Chua claimed credit for and Umno Youth have been projectile-puking about since. But I maybe wrong (abt the reason, not the projectile-puking)
Still, this is a so-called democratic country. We simply can’t have people just being spirited away by the powers that be. If a person is culpable, charge him, in open court.
How many times are u morons in authority going to make this country an international laughingstock? No wonder Malaysians are migrating in droves.
And oh…those of you who want to know more about the Internet, here, go learn. Stop abducting people. If u ask nicely, people will teach you.