Jeyakumar: Too ‘politically costly’ for BN to continue holding us

By Clara Chooi, The Malaysian Insider

Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar asserted tonight that the order to release all Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) detainees had been a political decision and not because the “police had come to their senses”.

“They (Barisan Nasional) were losing so much popularity and support from the people that it just became too politically costly for them to keep holding us,” he told reporters after addressing a crowd of supporters at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH).

The first-term lawmaker also disagreed with Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s claim earlier this evening that the release order had been in accordance with the rule of law and that the decision had been made by the police based on their “observations”.

“No, it was definitely because of pressure from the public. After over one month, there was no sign that public support for us was abating; in fact, it was going to escalate. People walking, people fasting all over the place …. it was getting too big for them,” he continued.

Najib, added Dr Jeyakumar, had made a “smart move” to allow the release of the six before things worsened for the BN government.

“It was not because the police came to their senses or they became honest and professional. They were not,” he said.

He insisted that the police were bent on keeping the PSM 6 detained as a way to scare other Malaysians from voicing their dissent.

“But it did not work. The people were brave and it was because of them that I am free today,” he said.

When asked for his plans in the coming days, Dr Jeyakumar said he may consider taking legal action against the authorities for his “unlawful” detention.

“But we are just out and we have to sit down and discuss it,” he said.