The Sunday after

News of Nat’s detention and the subsequent 4-day remand has hit the mainstream media today. The Star reports that his arrest is related to “police case files on detainees or suspects investigated under the Emergency Ordinance.

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) information bureau staff Nathaniel Tan, 27, has been remanded for four days under the Official secrets Act (OSA).

Tan, who is also secretary of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Foundation for Future, is believed to been remanded under the Section 8 of the OSA over allegations that he had documents linked to Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Johari Baharom’s alleged involvement in corruption. [Nathaniel Tan remanded for four days under OSA. The Star. July 14 2007]

Initially, the Star reported that the arrest is “believed to be in connection with a doctored picture of Deputy Prime Minister which was posted on the Internet.”

PETALING JAYA: An aide of Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was arrested, believed to be in connection with a doctored picture of Deputy Prime Minister which was posted on the Internet. [Anwar’s aide held over doctored DPM pictures. The Star. July 14 2007]

The Chinese daily Sin Chew gives the latest update a front page treatment according to Elizabeth Wong. The Star gives it a page 5 treatment while the New Straits Times ignores it altogether. The Malay paper Utusan Mingguan seems to allude to the arrest by stating the following:

JITRA 14 Julai – Polis sedang menjejaki penulis-penulis laman web yang menyebarkan fitnah terutama kepada para pemimpin negara dalam usaha membendung gejala yang boleh menjejaskan perpaduan.

Timbalan Menteri Keselamatan Dalam Negeri, Datuk Mohd. Johari Baharum menegaskan, beliau telah mengarahkan Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Komersial Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) untuk melakukan siasatan terperinci bagi mengesan para penulis terbabit. [Penulis laman web fitnah dijejak. Utusan Mingguan. July 14 2007]

Which roughly translates into:

The police force was tracking web authors (bloggers?) that spread lies on national leaders. This is done to protect the unity of the nation.

Internal security deputy minister Datuk Mohd. Johari Baharum stated that he had ordered the Commercial Crime Investigation Department of the Royal Malaysian Police to thoroughly investigate those writers.

Johari Baharum of course is the real star of the whole issue. Nat is simply a distraction and Jeff Ooi aptly reminds everybody of that. Through reading over the web, it might be possible that the arrest is directly related to a comment on Nat’s That particular comments leads to a website that alleges Johari Baharum of receiving large sum of payoff to free several criminals. This possibly is the document that linked Johari Baharum to the “alleged involvement in corruption.”

Personally, if the allegation is maliciously false, the write of the allegation should be remanded, not Nat.

Free Nat now!

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