This is my first article since the Gerakan NDC (yesterday post was a thank you post), and I ask the government to IMMEDIATELY release RPK and the Hindraf 5, and take steps to repeal the ISA in the immediate future..
From the stories told by ISA detainees- there are still a few in Gerakan, some former Labour party members, some from Dong Jiao Zhong days etc- the treatment under detention is no better than the Stalinist jails for political opponents.
They were detained in rooms barely enough to move; lights are constantly switched on; dripping sounds of water will be heard constantly. Some are made to sit on big cubes of ice while being interrogated in a cold room. These are the stories told. But the stories from different sources corroborated . So it is really a detention with the aim of mental torture, which can have worst effects on a person than physical torture.
There are enough laws to deal with all sort of crimes . Anyone suspected of committing a crime must be given a chance to defend himself in an open court, so that justice is not only being carried out, but must be seen to be carried out.
I am even against the suggestion that ISA be reviewed so that they can be used to target the terrorists only. There is no need to review, just repeal it in toto. If needed be, we can enact a common law to make terrorism a crime but any terrorist arrested must be given chance to go through a proper trial like any other criminals– no more detention WITHOUT trial. Even suspected terrorists are human, and cannot be subjected to inhuman treatment and subjected to mental torture.
We are a civil society. This is not a feudal age where the will of one person could be imposed on all others. This is an era where the world is flat and everyone is equal. We must strive to practice what is in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which can be viewed in one of the pages in this blog.
RELEASE RPK AND HINDRAF FIVE IMMEDIATELY!