The dragnet to rein in critical or dissenting voices appears to be widening. Martin Jalleh looks at recent developments and wonders what this portends for the ruling coalition’s grip on power.
Hundreds of Singaporeans have marked the 25th anniversary of an ISA crackdown in the island republic, notes Anil Netto.
Tenaganita has been informed that a “big raid” was carried out in Melaka on 3 March 2012, at about 4.00am. The total number of migrants and refugees detained in that raid is currently unknown.
The mass arrests and detentions of migrants, refugees and stateless persons in Malaysia have begun.
The Abolish ISA Movement (UK) has criticised the Malaysian government’s crackdown on Malaysians protesting against the repressive law.
Malaysia’s Ministry of Home Affairs should stop threatening to close opposition party newspapers, reverse bans on politically sensitive books, and end harassment of independent journalists, the New York-based Human Rights Watch has said.
The Asian Transnational Corporation Monitoring Network expresses concern over the oppression against civil society, freedom of speech and association that is likely to follow after the military crackdown (in the name of “anti-terrorism”) in Thailand.
The Asian Migrants Centre, the MAP Foundation and the Workers and Farmers Solidarity League of Burma applaud the brave action taken by workers in industrial zones in Burma who have protested against exploitative working conditions despite the threat of a crackdown.
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In our cover story, Anil Netto takes a close look at the ongoing candlelights vigils where ordinary rakyat have been coming out to express their desire for justice and reforms. The vigil on 9 November was broken up by police and 23 people were arrested. But that is unlikely to deter others from persisting with the vigils.
The horrors of the past should spur us on in the struggle. Johan Saravanamuttu revisits Operation Lalang and gives us a bit of the background to the mass ISA crackdown in 1987. One of the 106 detainees then, Lim Chin Chin, shares her ordeal during her detention.