De facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim has threatened to resign if the government continues invoking the Internal Security Act, which he described as 'unjust'.
The outspoken BN politician also called for the immediate release of opposition DAP MP Teresa Kok and and controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin who were detained under the ISA.
"We have a government that commits to laws and reforms, we can't be using the old-style politics or resorting to create fear. We have laws and they can be charged in court.
"I am trying to meet with the Prime Minister (Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) this week to convey to him my position. If (he considers) my position is untenable, I will leave," he toldMalaysiakini in a telephone interview from Kota Baru, Kelantan today.
He held a press conference in Kota Baru earlier, where he also spoke on the same matter.
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According to Bernama, he said it would be better if the police explained the detention of Tan, instead of politicians giving their reasons.
He told this to reporters after attending a lantern carnival in Kuala Lumpur last night. Also present was his deputy, Tan Lian Hoe.
Shabery was responding to Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar’s statement that Tan's detention was part of the police's swift action to ensure her safety after she received threatening calls.
Syed Hamid said police intelligence found the journalist's life to be under threat after she reported about suspended Bukit Bendera Umno chief Ahmad Ismail's alleged racist remarks made during campaigning for the Permatang Pauh by-election last month.
Tan was released from the Penang police headquarters at about 2.30pm yesterday.
Shabery, who expressed gratefulness over the release of Tan, said the action clearly reflected that ISA detention was not a long-term punishment and was only to deter people from making statements that could jeopardise national security.
Tan’s report pertaining to the derogatory remarks made by Ahmad against the Chinese community, sparked off a national uproar culminating in the Umno leader being slapped with a three-year suspension.
Apart from Tan, the police also detained controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin and DAP MP Teresa Kok under the ISA.
The arrests had received widespread condemnation from various quarters.Sin Chew Daily journalist Tan Hoon Cheng under the Internal Security Act (ISA), said Information Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek.