A Prisoner of Conscience – RPK going to Kamunting

The latest news from Malaysiakini reported that RPK is going to be sent to Kamunting for its 2 years detention.

today is also the court hearing for RPK’s Habeas corpus ‘s hearing in High Court.Habeas corpus  is a writ ordering prisoners to be brought before a judge to ascertain if there are any procedural defects which could render their detention unlawful. Hopefully the judge would free him. As I see it, there is really no security threat to the country, although certain inside news that he reported do hurt many people in high places.

But if you do not want people to know about bad things, the best thing is not to commit them.

What RPK did in his blog heralds a new begining of the freedom of expression in Malaysia  . If anyone feels that he or she is unjustly accused of certain things, they can always resort to suing RPK for defamation. If there is no basis, RPK would be punished, but if there are truths to what he writes, then he should be allowed to defend himself and show evidence to back up what he has written.

This is what human rights is about; this is what freedom of expression is about; this is what accountability is about.

By sending him to Kamunting, he would be kept there a minimum of 2 years, since they would only review his case every 2 years.

I would like to once again deplore this act of detaining someone without trial, and I hope the power-that-be would really consider releasing him unconditionally, since by detaining him, the government would lose even more support among the people. And this is no way of trying to gain back the people’s support.

RPK is indeed a prisoner of conscience, and all those who conscinece should lobby for his release. ( International convention considers a person as a prisoner of conscience when he is being physically restrained -by imprisonment or otherwise- from expressing (in any form of words or symbols) any opinion which he honestly holds and which does not advocate or condone personal violence.)


47 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. giko
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 11:31:14

    I’m surprised that the BN gahmen has no conscience at all in imprisoning RPK, the Hindraf 5 and the other ISA detainees.

    BN component parties like Gerakan, MCA, MIC are merely rubber stamps in BN as said by your Gerakan advisor, Lim Keng Yaik. The part that I’m surprised is that you, Dr. Hsu, being a rational man not making that all important move to up and out of Gerakan.

    Gerakan once said that they are the voice of conscience in BN but that was how many years ago? Gerakan once was a great party as written by RPK but what is it today?

    I’m sad…


  2. nick
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 11:31:58

    I use to admire Jack Welch (former CEO of GE). But the more I know about his background and his philosohies, I now think he is a despicable creature. He may be a brilliant corporate CEO but a useless human being. Same with John Denver. He died in a plane crash some years back. He sings so melodiously but has a temper that exhibits itself by beating up his loved ones. I actually respected AAB when he became PM but it lasted till circa 2005 when I started to read about him in the blogs and MT opened my eyes. No, I don’t have any heroes but RPK is that rare gem, one in a trillion. He represents everything I want to be but can’t. He gave his all to elevate Malaysians to a higher level of political thinking. He represents the future for young Malaysians. RPK is above all the Tan Sri’s and Datuks in this land. He is such a Man, Big-balls and Stupendous Courage against the Corrupt and Evil of our society. I will be attending the ISA forum tonight at 8pm at the KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (No. 1 Jalan Maharajalela). Banish this law!


  3. klm
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 11:41:05

    I am amazed that given all the public objections to using ISA by the BN parties, Syed Hamid still went ahead. This action is very much a message to the blogging community as well as the BN parties.

    MCA cannot say that there was no BN discussion on the action, and they cannot be responsible. Gerakan, there is no more hole to hide.

    There is only one honourable action to demonstrate their opposition to the use of ISA against Raja Petra.

    Short of this, Ong Ka Ting, Koh Tsu Koon and Samy Vellu will be shown as what they are – bunch of bootlicking opportunists and many more colourful descriptions found in the blogs.


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  5. clearwater
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 12:12:53

    Detaining RPK IN Kamunting is akin to sending a strong signal to all other outspoken bloggers who are stridently anti-government in their views. Either tone down or tempt fate. This kind of intimidation is the natural reaction of bully boys, not that of leaders of men. Jailing a man for his non-violent beliefs and without trial goes against all human decency. Who will be next? Creating a climate of fear and suspicion will not help a rotten government to survive. All the more desperately, people want change and want it sooner.


  6. A true Malaysian
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 12:16:16

    With these ISA events all happening in the holy month of Ramadan, these speak how ‘holy’ these people are.

    I remember they claimed that they were ‘true’ Muslims.

    Maybe they aren’t now.

    ‘God’ cannot be so unfair to ‘prisoners of conscience’, let see what will happen next. If I am one of the policeman involved in this arrest, I rather resign than getting my hands tainted.


  7. A true Malaysian
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 12:33:22

    Now is Namewee’s turn to get ‘grill’ from police for his infamous ‘Negarakuku’.

    To me, this ‘Negarakuku’ is just an example of how ‘frustrated’ a young Malaysian is, in expressing out his ‘love’ to Malaysia and his ‘frustration’ for being treated like a ‘step child’.

    Please let him go.


  8. Justin Choo
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 13:18:47

    We must salute RPK, and do our little parts in whatever way we can to free RPK fast and to hasten a Regime Change.

    A lull before the mother of all tsunamis!!


  9. suchfun
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 13:49:32

    I feel real sorry for him. Hope his stay in Taiping (my home town) is as short as possible. This is one of the most absurd law in the civilized world. Ppl who send him there are also absurd ppl.


  10. klm
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 14:35:32

    This may be the wrong time to bring this up.

    Let us nominate RPK for the Ramon Magsyysay Award for Public Service. His contribution is his selfless sacrifice for truth, justice and freedom of speech.

    I am sure there maybe distinguished readers that can help make the nomination.


  11. nick
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 14:44:08

    Guys, you may wish to write to RPK to wish him Hari Raya and that we all miss him but never forget him:

    RPK’s Address at Kamunting –

    Y.M. Raja Petra Kamarudin
    Tempat Tahanan Perlindungan,
    34009 Kamunting, Taiping.
    Perak MALAYSIA


  12. A true Malaysian
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 14:45:36

    From The Malaysian Insider :-

    “Raja Petra’s lawyers were pushing for his release in a habeas corpus hearing today but Marina said the detention order had upset their plans. The habeas corpus hearing, meanwhile, has been postponed to Oct 28 after preliminary objections from the DPP against the defence application that with the new order under Section 8 of the ISA served on Raja Petra today, it was no longer relevant to rely on the earlier application filed under Section 73 (1).

    Chandra said the defence would be filing a fresh application against the Section 8 order.”


    If this is not foul play, then what is foul play? Just wonder whether humanity consideration still exist in this country.


  13. Dr Hsu
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 15:00:29

    i think the main reason is RPk has exposed too many truths and stepped on too many people’s toes.

    Now, this is how the empire strikes back .

    RPK, may the force be with you.

    Early release we all hope.


  14. A true Malaysian
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 15:47:23

    Dr. Hsu,

    Anwar is especially ‘quite’ these days. Maybe he is working on something significant that we all hoping for?

    My guess is RPK will be released soon.


  15. Dr Hsu
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 16:00:24

    A true malaysian, after September 16, everything seems to be quiet now.

    This is typical of the calm before a major storm. I think there will be turbulence in Malaysian political scene.

    SInce Anwar is already been labelled as a security threat, it would be wise for him to keep low for a while. Especialy with his ‘ so do me’ case coming up for hearing.

    There will also be a lot of hapening in UMNO. Pak Lah is trying hard to make a last stand, Najib is wavering after trying to psuh for PM to go off early. Then there is Ku Li and Muhyddin, both are a long shot but nevertheless, they will create certain ripples in the calm surface.

    I am sure the calm appearance will soon be shuttered by the strong undercurrents beneath. Malaysia is in for an uncertain period.

    Namewee is now being grilled. If he is prosecuted, then there will be a feeling of selective persecution, like the case of Tan Hoon Cheng.WHy no such prosecution on AH Mad? everyone wil be asking. Namewee just used his video to criticise certain aspects of our life.

    We should be big enough to accept his criticism in good faith and try to imporve ourselves. Whereas, what Ah Mad mentioned is really seditious, and why no action against him? even Ku Li labellel the action by our government as selective persecution, which is really apt.


  16. Justin Choo
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 16:33:53

    This is what I wrote in my blog today:

    A commentator in Anil’s blog, “Sam” has a very sensible suggestion which all of us can do immediately:

    “But we will continue the struggle to free RPK. Meanwhile, lets flood Kamunting with Hari Raya greeting cards addressed to RPK. Lets tell him to keep the hope and that we have not given up. Here is the address:

    Y.M. Raja Petra Kamarudin
    Tempat Tahanan Perlindungan,
    34009 Kamunting,Taiping.
    Perak, Malaysia

    I am mailing my card today. ”
    I shall also send a card to him. Send any postcard.


  17. Justin Choo
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 16:41:01

    Incidentally my posting today is “Lull Before the Mother Of All Tsunamis”.

    No link here bec it will be rejected.

    Pls visit my blog if you are interested to read.


  18. Dr Hsu
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 16:42:24

    i will follow you….

    No i am not singing, just that i will follow you to post , justin! 🙂


  19. A true Malaysian
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 17:19:57

    Dr. Hsu,

    Namewee in fact, also criticized the Chinese Malaysian in his video, for working like crazy to chase for material wealth and thus suggested them to learn from their Malay friends who take life easy.

    A large part of the video clip are in southern Hokkien. Even Chinese of other dialects could not understand the true message that Namewee was trying to convey, what about our Malay friends?

    The whole message that Namewee tried to convey was that he loved his country very much even though he, like other non-Malays are unfairly treated. In his other video clips that follows, he in fact express his loneliness when he was still studying in Taiwan.

    You all revisit his video clips here:-


  20. zztop
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 18:02:34

    RPK is a great guy. He dare to tell and write the truth of our corrupted politicians.
    He has the guts and credibility.
    In fact, it should be those corrupted, murderous, racialistic politicians who should be held under ISA.
    This disgraceful,stupid and “foriegn” talking Baldie is NOT fit to hold any positions in the government. “Home” ministry should be renamed to “Hantu” ministry.
    Hope the rakyat, NGOs, PKR will continue to pressure the government to release RPK immediately.
    Sleepy flipflop guy should wake up as already enough damage done to the credibility of the government by himself and his cronies running the government.


  21. Banker
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 18:08:23

    Spare a thought for this families particularly the children.

    They need all the love they can get from the rakyat since the government do not care about them any more.

    This may be our future leaders and with proper love I am sure they can be nurtured to be better morally than some of our Ministers.


    Any amount will do, whether you are a malay, muslim, chinese, indians, buddhist or christians and hindu.

    If each and everyone contribute $1.00, like service charges impose by banks and government agencies, I am sure they will create a financially very sound movement to help the victimised and oppressed families.


  22. Kenny Gan
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 19:44:04

    A few days ago Samy Vellu called for the released of Hindraf 5. Today he met the PM personally to press for their release. He will also bring it up at the next BN Supreme Council meeting.

    I’m no fan of Samy Vellu but at least he follows up his public statements with action. This is unlike Gerakan and MCA which only know how to issue press statements but no action. During Cabinet or BN meetings they are too timid to bring it up. Their public statements are just for show and achieve nothing.

    For example, after the MCA Central Committee issued a statement urging the govt to release Teresa Kok, the 4 MCA Ministers did not bring up her case in the Cabinet meeting the next day.

    If this is the sort of timid leadership from Gerakan and MCA, they will be rightly rejected by the electorate.


  23. daffodils
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 19:47:39

    This smacks of vindicitveness. Regarding this Namewee’s case, exactly if that AhMad can be let off with a slap on the wrist, why pursue a case which is already history. Have they the cops no better things to oversee?

    Another joke on the horizon, the Race Relation Act is proposed to manage race relations when race relations should be allowed to occur naturally like through mingling of our children in school through study and play, through equal treatment of our people, through implementation of fair policies and through the Bangsa Malaysia concept and not the Ketuanan Melayu call.

    Inter-racial harmony and goodwill can only be promoted through respect of each other’s culture and religion. All these will blossom on its own when people of different races rub shoulders in the course of work and play especially in sports. Sports has always been a binding factor. Remember the memorable occasion of how Chong Wei jump on to Misbun’s embrace when he qualified for the Olympic finals.

    The leaders themselves should set a good example and avoid treading on the sensitivities of other races that could spark and stoke dangerous fires of racism. As it is at the moment the different races viewed each other with mistrust all because of implementation of unfair policies. according to race and not meritocracy.


  24. Dr Hsu
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 20:08:56

    daffodils, that is exactly the point. Relations must be developed spontaneously. You cannot force two persons to be friends, because friendship has to come from mutual liking. ANd that mutual liking can only happen when 2 persons interact naturally without external forces.

    In this country, they think they can manage everything by enacting laws.

    And there will never be true unity unless the people are treated equally and fairly .


  25. Frank
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 20:21:10

    Amidst the peoples furore, the immense frustration from all the sectors in the society, the power that be blatantly allowed the ever disputable Minister Syed Hamid to jump the gun of depriving RPK his rights to be heard in the Court! His rashly endorsement of the detention order under Section 8, ISA, is just evidence of his abuse of legal procedure as well as infringement of basic human rights any humankind, including RPK should have been given such rights, the rights universally recognised!

    “The strong do what they want, the weak endure what we must”- and, is this what they believe their prerogative to continue suppressing the rakyat without fear of the flabby muscles be one day flexed to show their strengths of rebound?! No one can predict, yet how long the emotional peoples can restrain themselves under the oppressive lid of the power that be?!

    It’s a pity for the rakyat, that, we have to live in this environment of fears, fear to lose our freedom in speeches. fear to lose our rights, fear to succumb to the injustice, fear to face the tyranny, fear that our beloved Nation will one day turn into a junta rule of law………! And the culprits who are causing all these sense of insecurity, hatred and fears are the so-called Government that be! The one man RPK who was under threats of all these sentiments instead was nabbed to be an offender to the offense virtually committed by THEM!

    What kind of a fair logic is this???!!…


  26. A true Malaysian
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 20:22:34

    Dr. Hsu,

    Before the Race Relation Act is proposed, I suggested to have Multiracial Act which prevent any political party formed based on racist ideology.

    Race Relation Act, by its name, already sound ‘racist’. Just look that Thailand, they are many Chinese there, but they proudly call themselves as ‘Thai’ or ‘Siamese’. They don’t have any this kind of Act.


  27. Frank
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 21:13:06

    It’s interesting to see how would they draft out the Race Relation Act, and if it’s proven to be workable, Dr Hsu should lead a petition for them to consider drafting another Husband and Wife Relation Act! Aren’t there many cases of husband and wife quarrels and divorce which cause ‘social disharmony’?!………..Unbelievable!


  28. yh
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 22:10:16

    didnt the spinless and gutless KTK brought out RRA?
    Kim, nothing new from MCA and Gerakan. You can bring truckloads of armies and MCA and Gerakan will rather die than give up the crumbs that drop off from UMNO’s dining table. What Heroes, aint it?


  29. Scott Thong
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 22:49:47

    Poster tribute to Free RPK at here.


  30. cilyhot
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 23:02:51

    Dr Hsu,you are part of the Empire!!Use your connections there as the rightous FORCE.Convert the EVIL force to your side.Free RPK.THe support for the freedom of RPK will snowball to the eventual demise of the EVIL forces.Remember ,use your FORCES within.


  31. romerz
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 02:06:13

  32. CYC
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 11:05:19

    Those remain with BN cannot absorb their partial responsibility in the ISA saga irrespective of their claim of opposing the act. It is just absurd and unthinkable to justify one’s association with evil and claim he is an angel indeed.

    RPK may not write in flowery language but he stand by his conviction – that itself is a manifestation of truth. No to Ong Tee Keat type of politics by twisting words thru mastery of language, and No to Koh Tsu Koon type of politics thru hiding behind his gentlemanly act and philosophy. These are act of betrayal.

    I rest my comment with a Big Salute to RPK and Limitless condemnation of BN’s (including all its members whether leader or ordinary members) evil intention of persistent use of ISA.


  33. A true Malaysian
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 12:17:54

    Good news indeed. I got it from Malaysiakini Vox Populi,

    “John R Malott (former US ambassador to Malaysia): The decision by Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar to send RPK to the Kamunting detention centre for two years under the ISA is an outrage.

    When Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak comes to Washington at the end of this month, he should expect that this issue will be raised not only by US government officials but also by those he will meet, includng myself, during his planned speech at Johns Hopkins University in Washington. “


  34. A true Malaysian
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 12:26:52

    Even an ex-foreign dignitary is using Malaysiakini to air his view. That shows Malaysiakini becoming a well respected channel for all people of this world to freely express their views.

    With a former US ambassador to Malaysia, John R Malott starts reading and expressing his view, maybe one day Clinton, Obama wil do the same?

    BN government is in deep shit for detaining RPK under ISA.


  35. klm
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 14:54:08

    Malaysia is back in the Reporters without borders website again. This time on Raja Petra. This is an international organisation that work on reporters in distress.



  36. humbleforest
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 16:35:45

    “Forgive and Forget”
    Jesus Christ, one of the FIVE main messengers sent by the Supreme Almighty, was wrongly accused of deviation of religious teachings. He did not defend nor try to justify for himself of his faulty accusation. He also did not blame anyone for accusing him. He even forgave them and besieged from the Supreme Almighty to give a pardon to them. What was bygone be bygone
    “is his true heart.”
    “ Loving-kindness ” without an iota of hatred, arrogance, selfishness and discrimination whatsoever is his Universal moral teaching.
    No one is hundred per-cent perfect in moral values. It will be a farce. Each and everyone of us is infallible. Everyone’s retribution has the spiritual record of one’s good or bad deeds. No one can ever evade from one’s tight retribution.(Balasan). That is good enough to justify fairly in one’s action. No loophole in this stern spiritual law.
    On the contrary, a secular law of the mundane world is enough to justify one’s true
    character or prove one’s moral value. If one tries to evade one’s guilt through cunning means in this secular law, one cannot even escape from one’s retribution. The effect will definitely take its natural cause.

    “Real gold is not afraid of fire” as “Evil cannot win over Truthfulness.”, only evil runs away or evades from truthfulness. They find themselves hard to swallow true facts, because of power, greed, prestige and stubborness.

    As this mundane world is not permanent in life and everything, it is those who are respected and blessed by Heaven is to serve mankind in an honest and fair manner.

    As history repeats itself with all leaders of the world who of the past and present cannot take back with them anything, only good or bad deeds. Even their own bodies are left behind. Only the ignorants and fools think otherwise.

    So when alive and in power, rule with a compassionate heart in fairness and in empathy with the masses, not in hatred and biasness.


  37. humbleforest
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 16:57:46

    How about ISA were to impose back as reciprocation ?
    Will there be another outcry ?
    Fairness, true judgement and indiscriminate love is the only solution to rid either one’s heart of vengence.
    Mankind cannot conquer nature’s happening.
    As Newton’s physics law of action and reaction has proven till todate.


  38. humbleforest
    Sep 25, 2008 @ 01:31:38

    “Honesty is the best policy” is the maxim remains
    as it is. This is the Universal Truth. As today’s majority does not believe in the natural law of retribution ( balasan ) and many are sweeping their lies under their carpets.
    Today’s world is full of complexities with “many cooks spoiling the soup”.
    And as the famous writer, William Shakespear once wrote, “wise men are fools, fools are wise men. This paradox remains true until today.So for those who awake and wise must not misled by the minority or majority of the foolish wise.


  39. sam
    Sep 25, 2008 @ 01:48:55

    I understand its RPK’s birthday this Saturday. I`m already sending him a raya card everyday. Today I sent him a birthday card. I appeal to others as well to send him a birthday card and express our support, our solidarity and our strength for and with him. Until he is free I will not be…none of us will be…

    Y.M. Raja Petra Kamarudin
    Tempat Tahanan Perlindungan,
    34009 Kamunting,


  40. nick
    Sep 25, 2008 @ 09:02:25

    It will be RPK’s 58th birthday on Saturday. Btw, there is a candlelight virgil at Dataran Merdeka for all the ISA detainees this Saturday.


  41. sam
    Sep 25, 2008 @ 14:18:12

    Marina’s message from her first visit to Kamunting yesterday:
    “Her husband’s greatest worry, she said, was that three months down the road, the public would have forgotten his existence…”He told me, ‘Please tell them not to forget me’,” Marina said…

    My reply:
    We/I will not forget you RPK. The campaigns to free you will continue and I`ll continue sending cards to you…for your birthday (this saturday, 27 September), for raya, deepavali, christmas, new year, even when there are no festivities…I hope to God, though, that you will be out before all those festivities…the biggest festivity, however, will be the celebration when you are released…but I`ll still keep sending you cards and greetings…We/I will not forget you…and just in case I get amnesia, I got your pic and the animated candle each time I start up my computer, to remind me…

    I`m sending cards everyday…if you don’t get them, then those flers are not passing them to you…

    YM. Raja Petra Kamarudin
    Tempat Tahanan Perlindungan,
    34009 Kamunting,


  42. A true Malaysian
    Sep 25, 2008 @ 14:30:13

    Thanks nick and sam, I shall do the same.

    Without RPK, Malaysia will be better? Definitely not.

    Without ‘somebody’, definitely Malaysia is, and will be a better place.

    Most of us know who is this ‘somebody’, right?

    (note : ‘somebody’ can be singular or plural. It is so apparent)


  43. LHHeng
    Sep 25, 2008 @ 16:39:11

    We must not forget the sacrifices made by RPK. The least the rakyat can do for him is to keep the candles burning till he is free.
    Let the whole world know what a bunch of bums running the country by locking up innocent citizens who tell the truth.


  44. klm
    Sep 25, 2008 @ 17:55:08

    Murugiah to Syed Hamid: It IS my business

    See. Even MIC deputy minister can stand up to Syed Hamid. Well Done.

    Where is Gerakan and MCA now?


  45. james
    Sep 26, 2008 @ 03:37:57

    I said we should nominate RPK for the Nobel peace prize!


  46. sam
    Sep 27, 2008 @ 03:59:33

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY RPK… donno if this is politically correct to do, but I want to dedicate this song to RPK for his birthday…a song by Sudirman, another person I admired in life and death, recorded in the same studio the beatles made their many hits, a group RPK followed from what I understand…




  47. Justin Choo
    Sep 27, 2008 @ 09:42:28

    Dr Hsu,

    Please allow me to express my feeling here as today is RPK’s birthday. This is what I wrote in my blog:

    “I read that today 27 September is the birthday of Y.M. Raja Petra who as everyone knows is being incarcerated. This is a short message of support and gratefulness for what he has done for the nation, for all of us, at the expense of his freedom. A travesty of justice in the name of justice. Freedom sacrificed for the sake of freedom.

    To wish Y.M. a “Happy Birthday” today, in my humble opinion, will not do any justice to him, to put it very mildly. There will be many well-meaning friends who will wish Y.M. so, as is the normal greetings on one’s birthday. But today is not a normal day for Raja Petra. He is sacrificing his freedom for our freedom.

    I wish him well.

    I salute you, Y.M. Raja Petra Kamarudin!!

    Justice will prevail in due course!”


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