Prisoners of conscience and honour

In history, there are many examples of writers being persecuted by the Big Brother .Ultimately, the big brothers all faded away but the names of those giants remain with us forever:

History is a mirror for us to learn and do not forget this principle  in the haste of climbing the corridor of power.

1. Aleksandr (Isayevich) Solzhenitsyn

 Soviet Union ‘s critic and literary giant who won a nobel prize 1970. He was arrested in 1974 after he published inThe Gulag Archipelago , tried for treason. he would have been jailed for life if not for the international pressure. He was exiled to the West and eventually stayed in the States.

End results: He is remembered but USSR disintegrated. (Do you know the name of the leader who jailed him? -..Something.. Breznev…no one remembers )

2. Li Ao

Li Ao was credited for his contributions to the democratic movement in Taiwan between the 1960s and 1980s. In the 1960s, he was the editor-in-chief of Wenxing , a magazine that promoted democracy and personal freedom. He was jailed by the Kuomintanggovernment for more than five years (from 1972 and 1976, and again from 1981 to 1982) -from Wikipedia

end results: Li was remembered and revered and was even elected to the Parliament.  Chiang  was labeled as dictator and dictatorship gave way to a true democracy.

3. Bo Yang

Bo Yang is one of my favourite writers who wrote the famous book “The ugly Chinese”. He was jailed  from 1969  for nine years by Chiang kai Shek in Taiwan.

End results: He remains as one of the most loved Chinese writers, whereas his jailer, Chiang has been criticised as a dictator even in his own backyard, Taiwan.

4. Raja Petra

 pic from Star online.

He will be remembered for making the country more open and democratic.

History remembers those who did good to their country and despised those who persecuted the good.


(again, pls be careful of what you comment, thanks folks)

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. novice101
    May 07, 2008 @ 11:22:28

    There is one element these ‘greats’ possess, which, we normal mortals lack – COURAGE!


  2. monsterball
    May 07, 2008 @ 13:44:13

    A friend bailed him out. Requested for RM1 donation by wife…resulted more than RM26K collected and from overseas….anotherRM3k.
    This shows….how popular he is.
    Yes…RPK is Malaysia’s hope for democracy.


  3. Nick
    May 07, 2008 @ 15:12:03

    The Malaysian political system is undergoing a “renaissance”. By that I mean, the Rakyat have realized that we don’t have to settle for status quo. Following GE13 tsunami, we achieved the first fruits for a better Malaysia. My boss keep reminding me that he does not want merely a good company but he wants to build a great company. Same for Malaysia. Why should we bequeathed a sloppy Nation to our children. We have leaders who are sleeping through their jobs, flip-flopping in their decision-making, MPs who are gropers, sexist, uneducated and worst utterly corrupted. And I may add, they have the guts to tell the Nation that the commission they collected from the purchase of arms is above board! Yes, Malaysia needs more writers who are bold to write, to challenge, to inform, to educate, to sway people’s opinion. The pen is mightier than the sword. The work is never accomplished overnight but years. I am beginning to see that happening for Malaysia. RPK is but the first of many who will trod this chosen path” for justice, for truth, for a better Nation. I have faith in the goodness of Good Men and Women.


  4. monsterball
    May 07, 2008 @ 17:42:49

    Malaysiakini reported RPK refused to see his wife and is in hunger strikes!!
    This means… .he refused bail paid by someone? donations exceeded RM25 k from RM1 doners. What is he going to do…refused bail paid by thousands loving him?
    Jeff reported saying…RPK need to prove what he said are true….but criticized the use of Sedition Act. I guess…he is ready for his ‘Desperate housewives”.to prove his accusations confidently….like Teresa Kok….confronting PM with proof….that bribes of RM200 given to voters…during last election. No response by PM!
    I sincerely hope.PK will stop his foolishness..and move on… do what he does best. He surely did swing alot of votes to PR.
    He must know….there are plenty more issues to be written by him. 12th election is the starting. He need to contribute more and more… to open the eyes and minds of voters..till the 13th election…….to once and for all..complete his mission of total change of government. He has to think of the 5 ISA detainees and eat…to be strong keep fighting for Malaysians… many thousand….listen to him.
    Right or wrong….he writes for the good of the country. That’s what matters.


  5. monsterball
    May 07, 2008 @ 17:53:38

    That’s what matter…..because we are deprived to read all news..deprived of equal rights…..deprived of freedom in expressions. We are being cheated….bullshitted…..lead to believe….trust them….when so much proven…they cannot be trusted.
    So under such conditions and unfair situations…anyone can write and swing votes ….right or wrong… is doing a wonderful and noble job for Malaysians
    In blogging…RPK is best at that.
    RPK need to be selfless…less stubborn….go and eat.. be strong ….and happily..write more.


  6. rtee
    May 07, 2008 @ 19:24:59

    i agree that he must look after his body and health first.

    There is a Chinese saying: ‘ safe the green mountains (meaning himself) , and you will have wood to burn next time (fight later on).”

    Take good care, RPK… The money should be left there for his legal expenses,after paying the bail.


  7. petestop
    May 07, 2008 @ 20:41:26

    Looks like Pak Lah “Point taken…” is just another one of his flip-flop comments.

    Not to mention the force closure of the Mahkota Cheras barricade again, despite a thousand residents protested there.

    At the rate Barua Nasional is going, GE-13 is assuredly a bigger tsunami.

    Is it still not obvious enough ? Gerakan will die together with Barua Nasional.


  8. romerz
    May 07, 2008 @ 23:12:32

    Dr Hsu,

    Already questions are being asked why the pro-BN component blogs are so silent on this matter.

    They are asking don’t we want justice too?

    May I have your permission to post links to your blog?


  9. Jason Ang
    May 07, 2008 @ 23:22:36

    Hi Dr Hsu, are u coming to BU8 tomolo 4.30 ? I think u must come because , ur the one of the leader which have brought the IT awareness to the party. Anyway, next time we have to be carefull while we are writing in the blog, I think Malaysia is the first country in the world suing blogger, Malaysia break another record again.


  10. Dr Hsu
    May 08, 2008 @ 00:34:14

    romerz, u are welcome to post links.


    do they need the grassroots to voice out first? leaders are supposed to lead and notfollow.

    WHAT WE HAVE AS LEADERS ARE ACTUALLY FOLLOWERS. No one dares to contradict the very top leadership of UMNO stillm even after the March 8 debacle.

    Where is reform coming?

    Why the need to use sedition Act? Whoever feel slighted can always sue as a civil case, like MM Lee Kuan Yew,. He sued for libel in civil courts and not using sedition act.

    This has undone all the potential good that Pak Lah has announced since the election,

    I can only say this is like taking one step forward and 3 steps.

    Mou Gan Tai – No eye see………..what’s wrong with all these people?

    Jason, what’s up in BU 8? I don’t know of any function there.


  11. monsterball
    May 08, 2008 @ 00:36:29

    I wrote….I think….my best thoughts on RPK at Anwar Ibrahim’s blog.
    I blogged for more than a year there…and can claim to know his blog…better than most.
    No need to repeat here.


  12. kap siao ong aka Steven
    May 08, 2008 @ 00:41:51

    i think all the leaders are oo busy locating the runaway gravy train.

    There is one more person not yet spoken, he is DSAI. cant wait to hear his piece on this matter


  13. monsterball
    May 08, 2008 @ 00:46:29

    Sedition Act..ISA…both are laws of the jungle.
    UMNO is in desperate mood.
    Fear factor cannot work…so shut the mouths of whom they feel…..threatening to expose their weakness. But they will have a tough time….facing their enemies in Parliament now…exposing them…and lets see their answers.
    If point to answer..minus a point…going on and on….until next election time….with our brain..balancing the debit and credit of UMNO’s ..actions and deeds..and balancing all up….I bet you…it will be one hell of a bigger defeat for UMNO…..judging from their actions…right now.
    I hope RPK will stop his hunger strike.


  14. jeff
    May 08, 2008 @ 03:36:41

    Using “keris” can not trigger the fear factor among Malaysians, probably need to use draconian law to do it. There are so many weapons of choices for the UMNOputra to dispose n use on courageous Malaysian to make him down to the knee.


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  16. sandyow
    May 08, 2008 @ 10:48:11

    “WHAT WE HAVE AS LEADERS ARE ACTUALLY FOLLOWERS. -No one dares to contradict the very top leadership of UMNO stillm even after the March 8 debacle.”

    The real question is dr hsu, is WHAT is stopping them from saying anything? For example anwar now has so many things to say about BN and UMNO, but if he’s so strong in his words, why not voice it out before and make a difference? Why only now? It’s people like this who are destroying BN n UMNO. Nobody really knows their real intentions of speaking up.


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