Monday, 23 February 2009

The "Is the ISA Repressive?" Freakshow & Reha(de)bilitation - Bolehsia Style!

Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Ismail Omar (pix) said the ISA was aimed at correcting their understanding and ideology, not to punish individuals or groups....
(Is the ISA Repressive? "Forum")

Also present was Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob......
These torture stories are made up by anti-government groups.
The detention period is also a time when you are given the opportunity to reflect on what you have done and the wrong belief that you have blindly embraced,” said Zabidi, who was detained for three years and served another three years under a Restricted Residence Order.



**On the other hand, as reported in the media, we have a Court Judgment noting the existence of TORTURE CHAMBERS which are used on detainees!!!

Now - is Tan Sri denying the truth in the judge's statement? Is he calling the judge a LIAR?
Why does Tan Sri Ismail, an officer of the law, allow a former detainee on the pro-ISA freak show undermine the Judiciary?
What happens when you call a judge (Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Mohd Hishamuddin Mohd Yunus) "anti-govt groups" and imply that he is a liar, as Zabidi (a man who has 12 kids!!) did?
[Addendum:Lim Guan Eng was convicted of sedition for criticizing the way Malaysian judiciary officials handled a rape case. Lim was arrested in 1995 for promoting “disaffection with the administration of justice in Malaysia.” He had questioned the government’s decision not to press statutory rape charges against a Malaysian politician for having sex with a 15-year-old gadis Melayu while holding the girl in protective custody for three years. Please click on the addendum/link for story with pix on Malaysia Cartoon And Latest Malaysian News]
What "correcting of their understanding and ideology" does he (Tan Sri Ismail/ Hamid Albar/ Najib) expect or hope to do with RPK and Uthaya?
Hmmm .... Maybe they managed to do it in a jiffy with Teresa Kok and the journalist Tan.

The following are two press releases, which have been reported internationally ......

Ex-political detainee gets RM 2.5 Million for torture while in detention
(Bangkok, 23 October 2007) Malaysian human rights activists are jubilant over a recent landmark court decision, granting a former detainee RM 2.5 million (about US $ 0.74 million) for his detention and torture in 1998 under Malaysia’s highly controversial Internal Security Act (ISA).....
Abdul Malek took to court the defendants – the government, then Inspector General of Police Abdul Rahim Noor and a special branch officer Borhan Daud – when he filed his civil suit in March 1999.
During the trial, he testified that he was stripped naked in an air-conditioned room, blindfolded during interrogation, physically assaulted up to 60 times, beaten until he was unconscious, forced to drink urine and subjected to sexual abuse. He also testified that he saw the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) punching him in the chin in the interrogation room when his blindfold accidentally dropped.
Abdul Malek won the rare lawsuit as the judge was convinced that his claim of assault and battery took place after major contradictions were found in the testimony of the defendants’ witnesses when compared with Malek’s own “consistent statements”.
The judge also condemned the IGP for his “despicable conduct”, saying it was “shameful and a disgrace that shows a bad example to the department of men under his charge”.

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
26 June 2008 Joint Press Statement by Abolish ISA Movement (AIM)/GMI , Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) , Human Rights Committee, Bar Council

MALAYSIA: Torture can never be justified under any circumstance

On the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Abolish ISA Movement/Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI), a coalition of 80 organisations, together with Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Committee, Bar Council (HRC) would like to call on the government of Malaysia to show its commitment towards abolishing torture and other forms of ill-treatment by signing, ratifying and implementing the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment as well as the Optional Protocol to this Convention (OPCAT).

Torture and ill-treatment remain widespread in Malaysia, especially against individuals detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
The most recent case involves an ISA detainee, Sanjeev Kumar Krishnan, who is now suffering from torture that he had to endure during his first 60 days of detention.

According to the police report made by his wife, Sharmila a/p Uthiakumar (made on 20 May 2008), Sanjeev was detained under the ISA on 28 July 2007 in Tanjung Malim, Perak. During the first 60 days of detention, Sanjeev was reportedly kicked and beaten on his body and head. His ribs were kicked while his left leg and hand were beaten several times using a hard object. He was also beaten with a bottle filled with water. During the process, he was further forced several times to drink his own urine. His private parts were beaten and his anus was shoved with a hard object. Since then he has complained of difficulties in moving his left leg and hand and he now has to use a wheel chair.

According to ex-ISA and current ISA detainees, the police have applied no less that 59 types of mental and physical torture, among them, round-the-clock interrogation, sleep deprivation, forcing detainees to strip naked during interrogation, forcing them to urinate in a bottle, forcing them to drink the spittle of their interrogators, shaving and burning their beards, ordering the detainees to make tea and to massage their interrogators, threatening to arrest their family members, kicking and beating the detainees etc.
Many of these instances have been well-documented by reliable and credible sources.

"On 18 October 2007, an ex-ISA detainee Abdul Malek Hussin won a lawsuit against the Government over his arrest and torture in 1998, and was awarded RM2.5 million in damages. Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Mohd Hishamuddin Mohd Yunus ruled that Abdul Malek's detention was unlawful and that he had been assaulted and tortured under custody.

In his judgement, the judge also noted the existence of "torture chambers" and that acts of torture committed by the police personnel still went unpunished. International law unequivocally prohibits torture and all forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The irrefutable evidence revealed in Abdul Malek's civil suit against the Malaysian Government for his unlawful detention under the ISA in 1998 reaffirms the fact that torture and other inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment goes hand-in-hand with detention without trial.