“There have also been reports of the Police Special Branch (SB) officers hitting the detainees’ penis and inserting hard objects into their anuses. The physical abuse has often been accompanied by vulgar and obscene words” – abused under the ISA (GMI – Abolish ISA Movement or Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA).
Why celebrate MERDEKA with such pomp and frills on 31 August every year?
Go to hell with this archaic law. It’s been 48 years since the draconian Internal Security Act came to force.
A law that allows for detention without trial, that allows you to disappear for an indefinite period of time, a law that breaks your loving family, a law that allows for torture. And a law that allows the state or rather UMNO to dictate your every move.
As long as we impose this evil and cruel law, we are still very much colonised by the Queen of England. It is a British law anyway. Why do we condemn the west so much and yet succumb to this ancient law of theirs?
Sheer colonial mentality, that’s why!
Why celebrate independence day or Merdeka when we still abide and live our days and nights by British laws?
Why do we fight for our sovereignty when we worship at the kingdom of the Queen of England?
Sheer moronic stupidity is all I can say.
Malaysia is NOT truly Asia, but just a part of England, as we are subjected to the same laws.
The ISA has its origin in the Emergency Regulations Ordinance 1948, which served its purpose and was subsequently repealed when the Emergency ended on 30th July, 1960. However, the power of detention without trial under Regulation 17 was subsequently transformed into Part II of the ISA (GMI).
And then, so much for our show of machoism against our Southern neighbour, Singapore. We had to copy-cat them. No wonder they are laughing at us.
In 1989, ISA detainees’ recourse to the courts of law was further curtailed when we dutifully followed our southern neighbor in ousting judicial review in matters concerning the minister’s power to detain any person under ISA. With the amendment, detainees can now only challenge the detention on procedural grounds. (GMI).
So tell me, why are we celebrating Merdeka? We are either British subjects or Singapore slaves.
Under the ISA, detainees are subject to an initial 60-day detention period in special police holding centers, allegedly for the purpose of investigation. No judicial order is required for such detentions. The locations of these holding centers are kept secret, and detainees are transported to and fro in blindfolds. Visits by family members are purely discretionary and, contrary to Article 5(3) of the Federal Constitution, detainees are denied access to lawyers. As a result, the ISA has morphed into a powerful instrument of fear and suppression. (GMI)
However, there is a glimmer of hope:
Since the March 8 general election, with 82 Members Parliament and five states under its controls, the Pakatan Rakyat (People’s Alliance) representatives have shown commitment to free the detainees and repeal the ISA. Several of State Governments concerned have also provided the much needed aid to the detainees’ families. (GMI, in welcoming these commitment and measures taken by the Pakatan Rakyat governments).
Lets hope with the BN/UMNo’s losing support and ride into irrelevancy, we will see the day when:
- Detainees are immediately and unconditionally released or prosecute them in a public and fair trial.
- All laws which allow for detention without trial, such as the ISA, Emergency Ordinance (EO) and Dangerous Drugs Act (DDA) are repealed.
- All detention camps where detainees are held without trial are shut down!
- All detainees – past and present – held without trial, receive an apology from the government and are provided with compensation for their suffering, anguish and the injustice perpetrated upon them.
- All complaints and cases of victimization, torture, cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment, tyranny and abuse of power in relation to past and present ISA detentions are investigated, and to prosecute the perpetrators by establishing a Royal Commission of Inquiry for the said purpose.
Will we ever see that day come? It’s really up to us.
The only way to fight such stupid laws is to stop the fear (fear only the truth) and start to say “NO”!