CONTEMPORARY MALAYSIA

con·tem·po·rar·y - Modern times in its generic sense, living, occurring, or existing, at the same time; often also used as a synonym for "modern" Ma·lay·sia - A country of southeast Asia consisting of the southern Malay Peninsula and the northern part of the island of Borneo.

From Malaysiakini


Sin Chew Daily journalist Tan Hoon Cheng has been arrested today under the Internal Security Act at 8.30pm at her home in Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

She is the second person after Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin, to be arrested under the tough security law which allows for detention without trial.

It is learnt that she has been taken by the police to the Penang police headquarters, where a crowd of 100 supporters have gathered to express their concern.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's political secretary Ng Wei Aik confirmed the arrest of Tan under the ISA.

"Penang police chief Ayub Yaakob just confirmed the arrest of the journalist under Section 73(1) of ISA to the Chief Minister," he told reporters gathered at the Penang police headquarters at about 10.45pm.

Section 73(1) allowed the police to detain Tan for a maximum of 60 days for investigations. After that, based on the outcome of the probe, she can be detained for two years without detention under Section 8 of the same Act.

Earlier Gerakan secretary general Chia Kwang Chye also visited the state police headquarters to inquire on the matter. He also similarly confirmed to reporters that Tan had been detained under the ISA.

He criticised the arrest of Tan, stating that the police should complete their probe on her as soon as possible and release her.

It is learnt that a team from federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur had arrested Tan.