more nonsense from rais

Posted by: "suaram" Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:56 pm (PST)


Release Guantanamo Detainees; What about ISA detainees?

The Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI)/ Abolish ISA Movement (AIM) is annoyed by the statement from Foreign Minister Rais Yatim, "The government is hopeful that two of its citizens being held at the Guantanamo Bay camp will be released and sent home after Barack Obama is sworn in as US president", (Malaysiakini 18 November 2008).

He also added that "No charges have been brought against them (Mohamad Farik Amin and Mohammed Nazir Lep), and this is worse than the ISA (Internal Security Act) ". What about ISA? Until today there is not even a single ISA detainee that has been charged. And the question is what did the Minister meant by "it is worse than ISA?" Does this shows that the Minister agreed that ISA is a law which denies trial and it is a draconian law?

We wish to call upon the Minister to stop practicing double standards. We wish to point out to the Minister and the government that the ISA and the Kamunting detention camp in Malaysia is no better than Guantanamo Bay camp. Many are detained arbitrarily and without trial under the ISA for so many years. Calling for fair trial and release of the two Guantanamo detainees, while on the other hand denying the rights to trial of hundreds in our own country only exposes the government's hypocrisy.

Currently there are five alleged JI (Jemaah Islamiyyah) detainees who have been held under the ISA for seven years. They are Yazid bin Sufaat, Suhaimi bin Mokhtar, Abdullah bin Daud, Mat Sah bin Mohd Satray and Shamsuddin bin Sulaiman. Many more are being held there for more than 2 to 6 years. Just like those held in Guantanamo Bay, the Kamunting detainees have been subjected to arbitrary arrest and detention without trial, with the conditions of their detention kept well away from the eyes of the public.

Practicing arbitrary arrest and detention without trial by hanging on to an anachronistic law which was formulated to serve a real situation of emergency many decades ago only disgraces Malaysia in the eyes of the world. Setting up a special camp (Kamunting) with the aim, among others of concealing the conditions of their detention from the public eye and systematically inflicting torture on the detainees, serve to further damage the country's reputation and confirms the belief that such laws inevitably lead to abuse.

We therefore call upon the government to apply the same principles to the ISA detainees and Kamunting camp, charge them or otherwise free them. Failure to do so will lead the people to conclude that the government is practicing double standards. On what ground can the Malaysian government demands for fair trial if it can't put things rights in its own country?

Released By,

Nalini.E Secretariat


The reb's comments: ever since rais yatim crossed back from semangat 46 to umno, he has been talking nuts. this guy has no more principles. all the talk then about abolishing ISA , how it was bad etc when he was in semangat 46 camp turned 180 degrees when he sampai umno. now he praises ISA. anyway, the reb 'look no up' to such turncoats who lack principles within. he can continue to shoot off from his mouth but the reb does not listen or read any news about him. to the reb, he is a persona non grata.


chong said…
what do you expect from an UMNO goon?
Jarod said…
Sir, thank you for representing the Methodist Church to speak boldly against the ISA. I am a Christian attending Methodist church. I do not see many pastor showing their presence at the vigil. Only you and another pastor from Melaka show up. Hope you will inspire more to come forward.
amoker said…
Surely , Rais think that he can do no worst that Syed hamid's blunders in this ministry but his statement is full of hypocritical nuances.

Thanks for your vigil.