Friday, September 19, 2008

Teresa Kok Denies Starting 'Azan' Issue

PETALING JAYA, Sept 19 (Bernama) -- Seputeh member of parliament Teresa Kok who was released Friday from detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA), denied that she had started the issue over the volume of the mosque "azan" (call for prayer).

She also denied having made a statement that 30 of the allocation for the Selangor Islamic Religious Department to be given to non-religious bodies.

"I refute those two accusations as I never committed them," she told reporters at the DAP headquarters here after her release.

On the issue of the road signs in Jawi, she said her view was based on the complaint by the Taman Seputeh Residents Association which disagreed with Kuala Lumpur City Hall's (DBKL) action of frequently changing the road signs.

"Over some months before this, DBKL was frequently changing the road signs and then changed them again with Jawi writing. The issue here is wastage, not the use of Jawi on road signs," she explained.

"I was quite surprised that there were no other questions posed to me (during interrogation) other than these few main questions," she added.

Kok said detention under the ISA should be more for those who were a threat to national security and not over such issues.

"I feel that the ISA detention was inappropriate as it was due to allegations made against me without properly checking out the statements purportedly made by me, and which were manipulated by certain newspapers," she said.