"Since my ISA detention (in September 2008), I have realized that everything I say and do will be scrutinized. So, I have decided to mellow down because it affects the DAP and the Pakatan Rakyat. When I keep quiet now, it's not that I don't have a stand. I do, but I must protect the coalition of PR, my party DAP, and also myself." — Teresa Kok
Teresa Kok released from ISA detention (Video credit: thestaronline)
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In 2005, Teresa Kok exposed Squatgate, a scandal involving detainees under the care of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM). The scandal began with complaints from two Chinese female citizens who were being stripped, their breasts fondled, and forced to do 'ear squats' (meaning touching their ears as they did squats). Later that month, Kok was given a video compact disc (VCD) by an anonymous whistleblower that contained a video depicting a female police officer ordering a female detainee, now identified as Hemy Hamisa Abu Hassan Saari, to do ear squats in the nude. Kok later showed the video to some other Members of Parliament, triggering shock and outrage.
In the 2008 general elections, Teresa Kok retained her parliamentary seat with an even bigger majority of 36,492. She also won the nearby state seat of Kinrara, where she was contesting for the first time. In the new Selangor executive council, Kok was named Senior Executive Councillor and put in charge of investment, trade and industry. On 12 September 2008, she was detained by the police under the Internal Security Act (ISA), where in detainees may be held incommunicado for a period of 60 days.