When my dear friend and Penang-larng, famed blogger Susan Loone, posted Teresa treated like a dog, RPK unhappy with pig food, I thought that was just shockingly terrible.
Leaving aside the unjustified draconian use of the ISA just for a second, the purpose for detaining a person (say, a suspected terrorist) under the ISA would be to prevent his/her possible threat to our national security, and not because of criminal activities where adequate laws exist to deal with the latter.
When even a criminal behind bars shouldn’t be and usually won’t be treated like a dog, how could they do that to a non-criminal ISA detainee, let alone the fact that she is an elected Member of Parliament?
Teresa's mother had, after visiting daughter, informed the ‘outside world’: “I hope she can regain her freedom and come out as soon as possible and continue to live an ordinary life instead of being detained in a cage like a dog. They locked her up once she walked into that room which is only 6′ x 8′. She is not allowed to read newspaper or any other reading material. She lost all her freedom!”
“I feel so sad. Yes they gave her three meals a day, but the food is bad! She had diarrhea this morning and her blood pressure plunged!”
Now, note that based on Mrs Kok’s main point of complaint on the treatment meted out to Teresa, namely “detained in a cage like a dog”, we had just focussed on the disgraceful caging of the MP for Seputeh as if she had been a wild animal.
But alas, we had not given enough attention to Mrs Kok's following point, that Teresa was given ‘bad’ food!
So … on the business of food, while Malaysiakini tells us that all China milk products have been banned, the Star Online came up with more sensational news in Govt to investigate Teresa Kok’s ‘dog food’ claim.
Yes, f*-shocking man!
Teresa was not just treated like a dog BUT she suspected she was given DOG FOOD to eat.
T. Murugiah, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, is now in damage control. When informed of the alleged scandal, he said he would get more detailed information from Teresa.
He would also visit the police station where Teresa had been held in detention, to investigate into who had bought the food, where it was bought, how much it cost, what the allocations are for meals for detainees, and what type of food was supposed to be served.
He said the usual... that anyone arrested should be treated with respect and given proper food ... yadda yadda ...
If true, it bespeaks a new low in police conduct where there could have been a vicious devious malicious program to ‘punish’ Teresa.
And it's hardly surprising that this could have been a misguided action, considering those vicious provocative lies about Teresa being a so-called anti-Islamic bespectacled female Chinese racist, who allegedly demanded of a mosque that it was to tone down the azan call.
Those lies were spread by some so-called Muslims in the month of Ramadan, regrettably with Utusan Melayu still being provocatively insinuating at her post-release press conference, by asking her to take a lie detector test on her alleged anti-Islamic actions.
Considering her mum said poor Teresa had suffered from diarrhea after taking the food provided by the police, I wonder what other ‘punishments’ had been covertly delivered unto poor her.
But if it has been true as alleged, that the police, mostly Muslims, had fed Teresa Kok, an ISA detainee but still a serving Member of the Malaysian Federal Parliament, dog food in the month of Ramadan, well …
… I leave it to Muslims to advise us of the severity of their sins.