Martin Jalleh compiles selected thoughts from Suaram director Dr Kua Kia Soong, who points out that detention without trial still exists despite the repeal of the ISA.
Twenty five years ago, Malaysia witnessed what one person could do to sustain his lust for power. His unabated lust for power unleashed the worst traits in the Barisan Nasional to imprison 106 innocent Malaysians to keep the BN in power.
Former police chief Rahim Noor should be the last person in this country to talk about human rights because he was condemned for beating up the former Deputy Minister who was in his custody, says Kua Kia Soong.
Twenty-two years ago, the then Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, committed a heinous crime by ordering the detention of 106 concerned Malaysians for his self-preservation. He was under extreme political pressure and his response to this challenge was to be high-handed and undemocratic. He resorted to the use of the infamous ISA to smack down the dissidents, social activists and opposition figures.
- Operation Lalang revisited
- Experience of detention without trial
- The BN national security state and the ISA
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.