Sept 18, 2008
PENANG Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has apologised for turning down and cancelling several fast-breaking dinners recently.
He said in a statement that the reason was mainly due to the Sept 12 incident which saw the arrest of Sin Chew Daily’s senior reporter Tan Hoon Cheng as well as Seputeh MP and Kinrara assembly- man Teresa Kok, and blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin under the Internal Security Act 1960.
“As a CM, I have to cooperate and work with various organisations to provide support for Tan and her family.
“I have to thank state Chief Police Officer Datuk Wira Ayub Yaakob for his cooperation in the matter, too.
“As things were back to normal and stabilised with Tan’s release in less than 24 hours, I had to rush to Kuala Lumpur to show my support for the other detainees – Kok and Raja Petra, together with their family members,” he said.
He also said he hoped that no more innocent victims would become political toys for those who were irresponsible.
“Therefore in this Ramadan month while the Muslims are observing fasting, let’s unite and fight against the ISA,” he said.