I hate to have to depend entirely on Malaysiakini.com to read news on Malaysia when I am overseas. But really, one has no choice.Today when I clicked on the website, who was my former employer, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that ex-ISA detainee Abdul Malek Hussein is richer (in words only, for now) by RM2.5 million.

What a boon! What great news also for all the human rights activists and the anti-ISA movement (gerakan mansuh ISA) for continuously championing this cause!

I am reminded again how cruel the ISA Act can be. Malek was “stripped naked in an air-conditioned room, blindfolded during interrogation, physically assaulted up to 60 times, beaten until he was unconscious, forced to drink urine and subjected to sexual abuse. He saw Rahim punching him at his chin in the interrogation room when his blindfold accidentally dropped”.

Those days when I sit with him in the coffee shops having “teh tarik”, he was still cautious about who could be watching him. The ISA follows you like a ghost or a curse even, especially the things that happen to Malek.

Which was why…I often referred to it as a “draconian”Act, especially in my reports. But during my time, the word “draconian” was not allowed in a story. I can’t remember exactly what the reason was, but it generally has to do with being “objective”.

Anyway, I am glad to see the word “draconian” describing the ISA Act now being used in Malaysiakini news stories. Times do change for the better!

Not everyone believes that Malek will get his money, especially Ronnie Liu who says he hasn’t been compensated yet for winning RM21,220 on July 11 last year for injuries suffered at the hands of riot police in 1995 during a squatter demolition exercise in Kampung Taman Aman, Petaling Jaya.

Well, if the government can’t pay RM21,220…it would be a miracle if they can make good that RM2.5 million now promised to Malek.

Anyway, all I am interested is: if Malek and Ronnie get their “durian runtuh” (windfall), will they part some of their money to the ISA cause – the are many, many more in there, and who knows what kind of abuses they had been through – emotional and mental torture being the worst kind?

You see, ISA is not just a law. It is a state of mind.


23 responses »

  1. ricky says:

    You have one sided law, twisted law and all kinds of funny law in this country.

    If you own the gomen money, income tax, road tax, compound fine or whatever, they will nap you in the middle of the night.

    When it comes to them owning you money, you can just forget it and just dream on it but of course if you are one of them, no problem lah… take a little more also can lah…..

  2. alfred ho says:

    dear susan,

    sorry to hear about your predicament. just like some of your readers, i thought that you had limited your blog access to a selected few. may i strongly urge you to continue with your blog as you have been a source of inspiration to many bloggers such as myself, for we have a duty to motivate all malaysians to stand up to this very dictatorial government. please do contact me if you happen to come down to KL as i hope to meet up with you someday. happy job hunting, and here’s hoping that you will find a job that is to your liking. all the very best, and stay happy, regardless of what others may say about you, for god knows that you have got a clear conscience and that you have no ulterior motives.

    yours sincerely,

    alfred ho.

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  3. wits0 says:

    If one wants to be objective, one usually can’t achieve that while mostly choking on the political correctness of the day. Blinkers are for horses. M’siakini should’ve known that.

  4. bamboo river says:

    The tsunami victims in Penang had yet to get the low cost flat which cost less than 50 K.
    How many years already?

  5. Silhoute says:

    He said ‘I will be fair to all’. Nice words to hear. Has he shown any such fairness? It’s only words…. So will be the RM2.5 million award. The government can be charged for contempt of the court but who will enforce it?

  6. monsterball says:


  7. monsterball says:

    Okay..I am focused!!
    Govt. to pay compensations….DREAM ON….It is the law that pronounced they should pay…and knowing UMNO….they will talk cock and bull to delay and delay.The only hope for those that will get what lawfully theirs is UMNO loose the general election….and if they do…you bet …they will have plenty of dirty tricks up their sleeves….calling for another election….this or that.
    Read what Pak Lah told newspapers owned by UMNO and MCA…such wayang kuilit thick skinned stuffs. He told the papers to be more responsible and not to publish any race or religions stuffs.
    Can you believe what he said? UMNO and Pas are doing it all the time…and on going…..yet he is telling the Malaysians indirectly….not to believe what they see…but believe what they say!!!!No wonder why we have so many hypocritical great actors…behaving like dumb-bells…which they are not…managing the country to bluff the people all the time.
    And no wonder we have so many half past six Malaysians…still trusting UMNO and PAS.

  8. monsterball says:

    Malaysiakini? I was a subscriber….nothing much to pay RM150 per year….but I was ready to renew.
    I could not do it with my credit card…wrote an email and got a reply from a lady. I phoned her up…she told me to reveal my credit card secret pin number.
    I banged the phone and decided not to renew….as no one has ever ask me for my secret pin number…for a mere RM150….except Malaysiakini staff.
    Wrote an email to Steven Gan…..no reply.
    End of story.

  9. hsudarren says:

    welcome back. when the whole blog “disapperaed”, we fear you may have encountered……

    Glad that nothing untoward has happened. Look forward to read more of your posts.

  10. sugunaster says:

    Hi Susan,
    How are you? Are you OK? I hope your mind is at rest now. Siew Hwa did say you were not very well becuase of some problems. Looks like now things have cleared up?
    So hard to get into your blog. Was trying to do that the past few days.


    with peace,

  11. wits0 says:

    Sleepy hollow sez: ‘I will be fair to all’

    He doesn’t understand the meaning of fairness. Therefore he merely tok kok as always.

  12. wits0 says:

    Just wait and see whether that judge who ruled against the gahmen will see the empire striking back in double quick time. No good judgement may go unpunished.

  13. monsterball says:

    30 lawyers being stuck off from the roll speaks a little better for Pak Lah’s hands off the Judicial Dept.
    But he should sack Nazin and few others.
    This he did not.
    Credit must be given…..when credit is due.

  14. monsterball says:


  15. chua soo kok says:

    Former IGP Rahim Noor is the worst IGP in Malaysian History. He violate many people human right. remember he punch Anwar Ibrahim and now we are told he punch Abdul Malek Hussein.

  16. monsterball says:

    But have you ever known any other IGP behave like this under any other PM…except Mahathir?
    Like I said….one astronaut cannot inspire the youths.
    It is leadership by examples….and that IGP must have got the consent of his leader to act like a hooligan….and youths look to policemen as heroes too…besides owning brand new Merz and bangalow with a small salary.

  17. Dave says:

    Nice seeing you blog again. Welcome.

  18. Valdes-Munoz says:

    This is from a Mongolian blogger…“Malaysia- Is it a good destination to learn English? “
    A fellow press friend of mine yesterday asked me which country, Malaysia or Singapore, is good destination to learn English. I advised her to study in Singapore, where I studied English too five years ago, a safe country that has strict rule of law. Malaysia is a country where an innocent Mongolian woman was shot to death and exploded into pieces by military-use C4 explosive fastened to her body. I will say this sentence to everybody asked me about Malaysia. This will be recalled for the people of Mongolia every time we think of Malaysia.

    Malaysia is no longer a destination for Mongolians either to study or travel. I heard a number of Mongolians going Malaysia to study has been decreased a lot since last year when our beloved mother of two was killed in a jungle outside KL.

    I have been to Malaysia actually, when I was studying in Singapore. I remember that when I was under passport control at the Singapore-Malaysia border, a Malay passport controller smiled at me and told me “Bat Khaan! Genghis Khan!”. He said something to his fellow customs officers in Malaysian and told me “Welcome to Malaysia!”. My first impression on the country of Malaysia had this wonderful start. I felt like I was the first Mongolian coming to Malaysia. We will not hear this nice welcoming from a passport controller of Russia now, a country what we believed as “brother in steel friendship” for over 70 years in the past under Soviet ally.

    At that time, how can we know that a Mongolian woman will be killed in this country brutally and her entrance record will be deleted from immigration database. Personally, I think these people, Baginda and his family, including the two police officers and Najib Tun Razak in who gave the order, are the most disgusting people on the globe as same as those terrorists who killed thousands of people on September 11, 2001 by using civilian airplane as missiles.

    “Who authorizes those people to use airplane as missiles? Who authorizes those people to use military explosives to kill an innocent woman?”
    “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke-

  19. monsterball says:

    Who the heck Valdes-Munoz thinks he is?
    The case is not over yet…and no CNN nor China nor British powerful media are condemning the case is unfair…unjust etc …..still on going…and here comes this idiot shouting his heads off for justice.
    All of us WANT justice too….but no use to shout and paint how bad Malaysia is with words and talk talk talk…no proofs of it all. This is pure opposition ploy of the lowest order.
    Malaysians can handle our own government…and I will not support an out-sider trying to talk bad of our country and indirectly saying the citizens are all cowards too?
    He is instigating and smearing….nothing more..nothing less.

  20. Harrison Bin Hansome says:

    Wel-cum back tough girl. I always knew u r Ok in the sudden dissapearance of your blog though it sends a reasonable chill through my spine.

    Justice For Altantuya Sharibuu, those who really inclined for that, I am with you!

  21. monsterball says:

    That Valdez is using Altantuya case to smear and instigate an uprising between the malays and other race.
    This sickening b…tard is not after justice at all.
    He has hidden agenda.

  22. stcin says:

    susan, i was humiliated by SUHAKAM for years ! Its former chairman shook my hand, on 31-7-2000, and promised me, ” dun worry, we’ll do our best to get justice for you !” But months and months later nothing was done untill my complaint and fury appeared in the press ! No proper investigation was continued even after a new committe was formed and an easy exit for SUHAKAM was : it is beyond our jurisdiction to handle your case !
    BUT the previous committe, comprising ex-DPM, highcourt judges, professors and learned members have studied my case and that’s why i was called up to travel more than 500km to-fro Ipoh (without any reimbursement) to attend its very 1st historic inquiry ! Then, months after months and delay after delay without any conscience, care and humanity, i was simply put aside and forsaken BUT it investigated other cases , perhaps to justify their claims of allowances !

    The commissioners are enjoying and laughing with the big-fat benefits from the taxpayers’ hard-earned income, lucrative indeed ! Millions and millions are being spent, sad, sad ,sad !!

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