Raja Petra Kamaruddin’s story @ Kamunting:

I was perturbed when I read YB Teresa Kok’s statement that the food under ISA detention is equivalent or slightly better than dog food. It costs RM8 to feed a dog, according to the Malay Mail survey and only RM4.50 to feed on ISA detainees.

I feed my cats and fish premium food such as science diet and would never dream of feeding my pets the food that we are fed here. I actually stopped eating the food here after the first couple of days because it gave me diarrhea.

A couple of nights ago I vomited after eating the food and now I cannot even stand the sight or smell of the trays that they send to our cell twice a day.

I now survive on dates and plain water and I suppose if that is good enough for camels to survive in the Arabian Desert, it should be good enough for me.

I was told camels have a healthy sex drive and I would like to believe it because of the date that is my staple food. Of cause, there is no way I can test this theory until I come safely out of this place.

Actually, food is the least of my worries at this point of time. I am presently in three months solitary confinement and the only pussy I get to see is this mangy cat that somehow has found its way into my cellblock to sleep outside my locked door.

It has not rained since I arrived here a week ago and I was told Kamunting has not seen any rain for the last few weeks.

The heat in the cell is unbearable and the air is very stuffy.

The uncomfortable environment does help to put your mind off your growling stomach.

I am what they call under orientation. This three months’ orientation I suppose is to get me used to the 2 years I am going to spend here.

One of my favorite classics that I used to read in Standard 1 is the Tale of Two Cities, which is about the French Revolution. I can now better appreciate the battle cry “give me liberty or give me death”. They say you appreciate something only after it has been taken away from you.

Today, my liberty is at the top of my priority list. But I know it shall not come soon and it shall not come easy and it shall only come if there is a change of government and if the new government fulfills its promise to abolish the ISA.


29 responses »

  1. matt says:

    RPK will live on to be a true Malaysian hero,a man that has sacrificed so much for us little Malaysians.

  2. whispering9 says:

    Should also read the comments at the main MT side. Very touching comments.

  3. nurul hani says:

    Long Live RPK!!! We love you!!!

  4. whispering9 says:

    The comments on MT are very heart warming & touching.

  5. telur dua says:

    Syed Hamid must try some of those ‘international standard’ food served at Kamunting.

    Despite the hell that RPK is going through right now, you can read that he still retains his sense of humour.

  6. storm62 says:

    can somebody arrange for the Kamunting food caterer to serve Syed Hamid with the same food for 1 year?

    i’m ready to pay his bill.

  7. Mana Boleh says:


  8. monsterball says:

    Teresa Kok also complaint about the food in jail…except ..kickdefella!!
    I asked him…and he said…he had same lousy food..treated badly by Police..and never took them for 3 days!!
    I asked him….why then…said the Police treated him well and served him.. ..excellent food?
    His reply was…that..he does not want to anger Malaysians..to somewhat ..took Anwar’s advise.
    Remember…kickdefella is a film maker…and his ways…may not suit us..but highly intelligent logic.

  9. sinewy says:

    Today our minister is enjoying his hari raya at his best luxury. I wonder whether he has any conscience towards the suffering of the people he has placed under ISA detention. If the spirit of this holy season is to forgive and forget, it definitely is not showing by the minister and the ruling party in the government, eventhough they are muslims! Can he and the ruling party ask themselves whether they really believe that these people are capable of threatening the security of the country and overthrow the government? If they think that these people can instigate unrest, how about letting the citizen of this country to have a say about such presumption? The minister and the ruling party always like to use claim to have the majority support in their action but the truth is they may not even have the majority suppot of their own members within the party to act in sucha uncaring anf unforgiving manner. If the minister and the ruling party do have some decent human character, the least thing they can do is to free those under ISA detention without trial and allow them to face the proper court of law in this country. Is it that difficult to do the honourable thing as a human being towards another?

  10. wandererAUS says:

    We called ourselves a civilized nation but, treat our fellow Malaysian detainees, worst than a third world country. This evil govt must made to realize, even the ‘dog foods’ served to the detainees are the taxpayers’ money. This treatment is cruelty is unacceptable…we demand, the authority treats them more humanely.

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  12. amanda says:

    to bad and sad

  13. telur dua says:


    This is Hadharism as preached by deviants. And they accused RPK of insulting Islam. How strange.

  14. Johnny Cheah says:

    How can the BN/UMNO government behave in such a heartless manner. Don’t they realise that this is a very auspacious month for the muslims. The month where they are forgiving even to their enemy. Why not show some goodwill and release RPK from the ISA in order that he can be with his family.

  15. wickwax says:

    Selamat Hari Raya to RPK and ISA detainees. Whilst we enjoy rendang, ayam masak merah, ketupat etc., they eat a 4.50 meal and dates.

  16. Ahila says:

    Life is a cycle. What goes around comes around! RPK will be out one day and those who sent him in will eventually go in for that free 4.50 food too!
    Meanwhile, RPK, we are with you on this holy day of Syawal. I am not a Muslim but I feel your pain of being apart from your loved ones. And I most certainly have not forgotten our HINDRAF 5 brothers who have been eating ‘that dog’ food for almost a year now. I pray that all of those detained under ISA be released soon. Have a heart Mr.PM…are you steel !

  17. Pegasus says:

    Selamat Hari Raya aidil fitri to you RPK and all Muslim in Malaysia….the good times will eventually comes,now is a trying time indeed. While the whole muslim world celebrates ,its indeed sad that in our country, the ISA is used to silence the vocal critics . Hopefully events will take a turn for the better and we have a new government. The turmoils in Umno is the beginning and we will be looking at a new chapter in Malaysian history taking place soon. The lame duck PM has to go and before he exit out ,he will surely try to shore up his family wealth as much as possible.PR need to be on their toes at all time to nab any wrongdoing by the outgoing PM.
    RPK need to be strong and he should know a majority of the people are behind him.His sacrifice should not go unnoticed,and we appreciate his stand against the BN regime. May God bless you and you’re release soon with the other ISA detainees.

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  19. service b4 self says:

    RPK has time and time again refuses to acknowledge the jurisdiction of the Malaysian Court by his own admission of throwing any orders receive from the courts into dustbins or tearing it up.

    ISA principle use is against groups or individuals who doesn’t subscribe to the jurisdiction of Malaysian law and the Court system (i.e. terrorist etc)

    Though I am against the use of ISA against political activist but once any person refuses to subscribe to the jurisdiction of the courts, loses his rights to be charged in such court and therefore justifies the use of ISA.

    The reality is that RPK can’t on one hand disregard our legal system and at the same time ask the authority to charge him instead of using the ISA on him. You can’t have your cake and eat it!!!

  20. oogway says:

    I agree but is the judiciary independent? Why do we see double standards when it comes to big shots? NO wonder some don’t even respect it. Anyone who doesn’t subscribe to thelaw is a CRIMINAL and there are enuf laws to prosecute.

    Ah, this could go on and on but now that they’ve got him, isn’t it time they drag him to court? Rights isn’t something we can give up nor something that could be taken away.

  21. wandererAUS says:

    service b4 self;

    What sort of laws of the land are you defending? UMNO’s laws. Which planet did you come from?
    It is perfectly within his right to challenge the authority if he felt, his detention is unlawful…even though, the judiciary is tainted with corruption. His intentions are to expose these scumbags in power, more than his freedom!

  22. May all those who come with the goodness of the heart
    Never from their noble goals in seeking justice depart
    They are never there to partake of the food like tarts
    When their desire is only to throw their freedom darts

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 021008
    Thur. 2nd Oct. 2008.

  23. LIFE says:

    Sad, sad and very sad to see that our loved ones being detained under ISA. Those hypocrites ministers should put to hell and let them taste their own medicine someday. Shame you the PM, Shame you Hamid and Shame on you Najib. You 3 are very very disgusting and ruthless. May God show you the right path.

  24. bayi says:

    Serve Kamunting food to the Cabinet for a week and I am sure we will see immediate results!

  25. amoker says:

    Yeah, the the UMNO ministers are flying to Paris for Eu500K with 11 entourage and celebrating Raya with mountains of satay etc.

  26. Gabriel Lai says:

    I am sad on how our great leader is treated this way, he has done great thing in our midst..

  27. Gadfly says:

    The ‘dog food’ picture shown is very cute. However, it seems paradoxical as cuteness may overshadow the harsh reality and the hidden message of being served ‘dog food’. The key issue here is not about dog food. It has everything to do with power relations between prisoner and the prison authorities. The moment RPK enters the prison, he is made to understand and to accept that he is no longer a lion (of the bloggers) but a dog, if not less. The quality and the quantity of food is no longer in his hands. This serves to remind him that he now occupies a lower rung of power. Have you seen, or how often, a dog having diarrhea after taking dog food? Food is not just physical or biological but political and psychological.

  28. donplaypuks says:

    For K9 Instant Noodles certified ISA 2008 compliant refer my blog ‘Nookie Noodles’.


  29. Fairy says:

    Q : hidup untuk makan atau makan untuk hidup?

    A : hidup untuk makan ialah untuk orang dalam kabinet malaysia dan RPK serta semua tahanan ISA hanya makan untuk hidup.

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