I can agree with the Government on the arrest of Raja Petra Kamaruddin under the Internal Security Act for his blasphemous publications against Islam and the Messenger of God, Nabi Muhammad SAW in his Malaysia Today website.
I can also agree with the decision of the Multimedia Commission shutting down Malaysia Today.
But why in the world did the Government arrest the Sin Chew Jit Poh reporter who merely reported the racist statement by Bukit Bendera Umno Chief Ahmad Ismail. She simply reported the fact that Ahmad Ismail described the Malaysian Chinese as "squatters". Is reporting the truth an offence in this country?
Why didn't the Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar order the arrest of Ahmad Ismail who made the racist remark in the first place?
If the reporter's story was not true, why did Deputy Prime Minister Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak apologise to the Chinese of behalf of Ahmad Ismail?
If what the reporter wrote was untrue, then why did Umno suspend Ahmad Razali for three years?
As a former journalist and now a blogger, I demand that the Government release the Sin Chew Jit Poh reporter immediately and arrest Ahmad Ismail instead. Let's leave the practice of arresting journalist to countries like Myanmar and Zimbabwe.
This is not a police State. Stop the intimidation!
My name is Mohd Ashraf Abdullah. I was born and raised in Tampin, Negeri Sembilan. I am a journalist at heart. I served the New Straits Times as a journalist for 17 years, beginning as a cadet reporter in 1988. I was trained to be a political writer. I served the NST in various capacities including as Staff Correspondent of the Kuantan Bureau and London Correspondent. I resigned as News Editor in 2004 to join Golden Hope Plantations Berhad as Deputy General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs. Two years later I was made General Manager, Group Corporate Affairs. When Golden Hope and Kumpulan Guthrie Berhad were merged with Sime Darby Berhad in November 2007, I chose not to accept the offer of employment by the merged entity. I was a scholar of the British Government and possess a Masters Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. I am also a Jefferson's Fellow of the East West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.