Listen and read from leaders whom had been detained under the ISA
The draconian law has conveniently become the weapon for the BN regime to perpetuate corruption and to cover up its misuses of power. It is also a tool to institutionalize a culture of fear among the Malaysian people.
The practice of detention without trial is not condoned by any religious values. In addition to preventive detention, the ISA had been a license for the authorities to torture and torment detainees. Thus such inhumane law should be condemned by democratic minded people both domestically and globally. Full story here.
Lim Kit Siang
For Lim Kit Siang, a veteran politician popularly known for his no-holds-barred rhetoric, the one most painful experience from his detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA) was having his freedom capped.
The DAP adviser’s only freedom had come in tiny doses and during those difficult days and his only comfort came from being allowed to wear his own clothes and to take short jogs around the secured compound to keep himself active. Full story here.
The Bukit Gelugor MP was amongst the 106 people, including DAP Parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang and Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali, arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA)in the 1987 Operasi Lalang. Full story here.
The self-styled “Tiger of Jelutong”, Karpal said the solitary confinement was unbearable and called it “torture. It’s a horrible thing to do to a person”.
He recalled the guards refused to give him a blade for his shave in the first week of his detention.
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Abolish ISA candlelight vigils in 8 states
The Abolish ISA Movement (GMI) and rights group Suaram aim to hold simultaneous candlelight vigils against the abhorred law in eight states around the country on Sunday.
The protest will be held as an effort to pressure Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein to repeal the Internal Security Act.
NONEAug 1 marks the 50th anniversary of the draconian act, which was introduced by first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman's administration in 1960.
The candlelight vigils will be held at the following venues and times:
* Dataran MBPJ, Padang Timur in Petaling Jaya at 8pm
* Speaker's Square, Penang (9pm)
* Dataran Bandaraya Ipoh (8pm)
* Dataran Zero KM, Sungai Petani (8pm)
* Taman Hijau, Jalan Sultanah Zainab, Kota Bharu (8pm)
* Pusat Tanah Wang, Jalan Perdada, Sibu (8pm)
* Bangunan Al Idrus Commercial Centre, Kuching (8pm)
* Front Entrance of 1 Borneo Hypermall, Kota Kinabalu (1pm)
On Monday, GMI chairperson Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh announced that the coalition of NGOs would distribute around 100,000 leaflets on the draconian law on the same day.
GMI also plans to erect billboards and put up banners on the ISA in Selangor, he added.
Syed Ibrahim (left) ijok election phantom voters 280407 syed ibrahim syed nohcalled on the government to abolish all existing detention-without-trial laws such as the ISA, Emergency Ordinance 1969, Restricted Residence Act 1933 and Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 with immediate effect.
Suaram's 2009 Human Rights Report - released on July 21 - said Najib's first year in office marked further deterioration in the state of human rights in the nation.
In his maiden speech as prime minister, Najib had said his administration would not use the ISA arbitrarily and would give importance to the principles of human rights and civil liberties.
The government is planning to table amendments to the ISA in the areas of length of detention, rights and treatment of detainees and their families, the power of the home minister, the use of ISA for political reasons and detention without trial.