Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Syed Hamid: Government to monitor situation before taking action against Anwar

Syed Hamid: Government to monitor situation before taking action against Anwar

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 18 — The Home Ministry is monitoring the situation and keeping tabs on opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim before taking any action, says Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.

He said it was important to safeguard the country's peace and security. He also urged members of the public not to speculate on the actions the ministry might take.

"It's better to look at the situation first... and take action when there is a necessity," he told reporters after attending the Home Ministry's monthly gathering here.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the Pakatan Rakyat de-facto leader was a threat to the economy and national security.

"Whatever the action that we may take, we will take it when the time comes. Right now, I don't want to discuss about it before the time comes," he said.
Syed Hamid also said that there was no necessity to talk about Anwar daily as if Malaysia was being controlled by the Parti Keadilan Rakyat advisor.

"There are a lot of other things that we can do," he said.

On the arrest of blogger Syed Azidi Syed Aziz or better known as"Kickdefella" for sedition yesterday, Syed Hamid said it was part of the law enforcement process.

Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said his officers had received the police report lodged by Seputeh member of parliament Teresa Kok, who is currently being detained under the Internal Security Act.

He said he had not seen the report which was lodged by Kok's lawyer Sankara Nair against Utusan Melayu Sdn Bhd, its columnist Zaini Hassan and former Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Khir Toyo for criminal defamation over the azan issue. — Bernama

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