In view of all the frenzied arrests of human rights defenders in Malaysia this week, including the latest ISA arrests on Hindraf lawyers, let us mourn the death of justice. (see poster below, candlelight vigil by Suaram Penang).
I have no worries for the Hindraf lawyers, because today, Malaysia has made them heroes.
Only cowards will hide behind the ISA. It’s an archaic law, a colonial law, which goes back some 4 decades. It was supposed to be used against communist insurgents during the upheaval times of our new country. But now we are almost a retiree. But those cowards will hide behind the communists, too, if they existed now.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and UMNO have proven beyond a shadow of doubt their total disrespect for international human rights standards. They’ve acted as a bully on International Human Rights Day by arresting and abusing people who walked for justice.
They have shown their total disrespect for Parliament and free and fair elections. Peaceful protestors were arrested at the August house, which is really unheard of in a modern democracy. But just to get his way, that is, to retain his beloved Election Commission chief, for another year. Such action raises immense doubts over the credibility of the coming elections.
Do you still want to vote? Is there a choice left for us?
I really wonder what is left now for us Malaysians. And some people can still ask: is rally the only way to show our grievances?