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SUNGAI BULOH: Raja Petra Kamarudin was not “too surprised” when police told him that we was to be detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) , according to his wife Marina Lee Abdullah.
She said her husband had been talking about the ISA for some time of late and knew his time was “coming up”. Police action: Marina showing signed police documents after Raja Petra’s arrest yesterday.
“It came as a shock to me, but at the back of our minds we knew they (the Government) were going to use the ISA on him,” Marina said at her home in Bukit Rahman Putra here.
She said 10 policemen, led by Asst Supt Mohd Yusof Chem, arrived at their house at 1.10pm. At that time, Raja Petra, Marina and their two daughters were in.
“They asked for Raja Petra’s MyKad before entering the house to conduct an inspection. They looked in all the rooms and the car before seizing some 15 VCDs on ceramah held by Oppo­sition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and 16 books mostly on local political figures,” she said.
Marina said it was only after the policemen completed searching the home that they told Raja Petra that he was being detained under Section 73 (1) of the ISA and would be taken to an undisclosed place.
She said ASP Mohd Yusof read Raja Petra the grounds for his arrest, which was publishing allegedly hatred-inciting articles on his blog.
“Raja Petra was in good spirits as he was taken away by the policeman at around 1.50pm,” she said, adding that he was not handcuffed.
“I will be strong for my husband and children and we will fight this all the way,” she vowed.
She said she would discuss her husband’s arrest with their lawyer before deciding on the next course of action.
Raja Petra’s arrest comes a day after the Cabinet ordered the Multimedia and Commu­nications Commission to re­instate access to all blocked websites, including his controversial Malaysia Today website.
His first arrest under ISA was on April 10, 2001, when he was detained as part of a crackdown against Reformasi activists in which nine others were also held. Raja Petra was released after 53 days in detention.