Friday, April 12, 2013

Remember Munawar Anees?

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Here's his story.
Source: Magick River

As a student I knew of the horrors of the Holocaust and other human tragedies, but merely as a distant thunder: the violation of human rights and crimes against humanity were only an abstract notion.

That was all fated to change with my arrest under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) of Malaysia, which allows for indefinite detention without trial. My crime? I had known Anwar Ibrahim, the deputy prime minister and finance minister of Malaysia, as a close personal friend for many years. We shared and strove for a vision of life firmly rooted in human dignity. We struggled for building an intellectual and political milieu for free expression. Together, we subscribed to the idea of economic prosperity, gender and racial equality and a civil society.

Alas, the Malaysian dictator, Mahathir, under the growing burden of corruption and cronyism, conspired to halt the march of freedom. In order to build his fraudulent case against Anwar, Mahathir himself ordered my arrest.

My kidnapping and detention by the infamous Malaysian Special Branch taught me how it feels to be forcibly separated from one’s wife and children. How it feels to be searched and seized, disallowed to make phone calls, handcuffed, blindfolded, stripped naked, driven in an animal cage, shaven bald, endlessly interrogated, humiliated, drugged, deprived of sleep, physically abused. What it’s like to be threatened, blackmailed, tormented by police lawyers, brutalized to make a totally false confession, hospitalized for a consequent heart ailment, and treated as a psychiatric patient with symptoms of Stockholm syndrome.

Barely surviving on a meager diet of rancid rice and chicken along with 12 medicines a day, I spent nearly four months handcuffed around the clock to my hospital bed, under the watchful eyes of the prison guards.

Thereafter, my ability to speak, read and write took a considerable time to show signs of recovery. Short-term memory lapses were frequent. I existed in a fluid state in which suicidal tendencies, depression and despair were punctuated by fits of rage and indignation.

Weekly visits of less than an hour by my wife, Nadia, with our young children — Aisha and Omran — were my only contact with the outside world and the only inspiration to live on.

In collusion with the lawyer appointed on my behalf by the police, the Malaysian authorities refused the legal assistance of my choice, coercing me not to mount an appeal against the court verdict and threatening me with greater punishment under new charges if I didn’t co-operate.

Simultaneously, Nadia constantly endured police harassment, wiretapping and disruption of our e-mail and bank accounts. Some of our friends were met with the same fate and were compelled to abandon us when we needed them most.

But, in attempting to scare off and alienate my friends, how terribly mistaken were Malaysian autocrats in aping gross Gestapo tactics. How they underestimated the temper of freedom in so many places around the world, above all among friends in the West.

Floodgates of human compassion were opened when the futurist author Alvin Toffler, who Mahathir asked to advise him on a pet high-technology project, sent a message of protest to the Malaysian leader within 72 hours of my capture. In a major interview with the Western press, Mahathir even felt it necessary to make assurances — unfulfilled, of course — about my well being.

With every passing day, the rising tide of concern for my plight seemed to personify the words of Elie Wiesel:

“Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor. Never the victim. Never the tormented.”

Friends and strangers alike took a stand and support began to mushroom everywhere. Nadia related to me in the hospital how Amnesty International had declared me a “prisoner of conscience,” and how Pen International adopted me as a “writer in prison.” Against all odds, two prominent Malaysian lawyers, Manjeet Singh Dhillon and Balwant Singh Siddhu, offered their services unconditionally. To top it all, an international coalition — Friends of Dr. Anees — came into existence in defence of my rights. The core group of Naseer Ahmad, Baseer Hai, Safir Rammah, Jamal Mubarak, Anees Ahmad and Naeem Siddiqui mounted a media campaign with phenomenal success.

What touched my heart was that the person, Kamal Mubarak, who set up the Web site had never met me in person. From the depths of my confinement, I could see the magic of human compassion had begun to defeat oppression.

The pinnacle was reached after my release in the warm hug laced with watery eyes of an Amnesty friend in Toronto, Margaret John, who witnessed a pledge of solidarity between me and Devan Nair, the former president of Singapore, for we had come to share a similar fate.

My victimization at the hands of Mahathir’s “Asian values” has transformed me in another way. All my adult life, like so many in the Muslim world, I have suspected under every nook and cranny some conspiracy by the West to keep us down. Yet, in this seminal experience of my life, my friends in the West succeeded in saving me, while Mahathir, a Muslim, did everything to destroy me. And he is trying to do the same to Anwar again through his obliging courts on totally fabricated charges.

Mahathir has demonstrated that, though a proclaimed Muslim, his heart is blind to compassion. Tyranny is the hallmark of his bankrupt concept of “Asian values.”

My tragedy, and that of my friend Anwar, ought to make our fellow Muslims think very hard when they ponder the West and its role in the world. As we set out to shape our collective destiny in the 21st century, will the values of Mahathir or Jefferson serve us best? Mahathir himself made that choice for me. Sic semper tyrannis.*

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Sesiapa yg ingin membaca artikel penuh, pergi ke blog tersebut.

Sapa yg tak hingin, sila keluar rumah dan pergi ke mana-mana pos PR berdekatan. Tolong apa yg patut.

Sampai bila nak duduk rumah memboroikan perut dan meramaikan anak?

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Senarai Pancut Awal

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Chua Soi Lek pelakon blue merangkap Presiden MCA dah kompom tidak bertanding. Ini ibarat baru cicah-cicah, dah pancut atau cicah-cicah pun tak mau, sebab takot tak naik! Kah kah kah kah kah!!!

Di bawah ini diperturunkan beberapa senarai yg dicedok dari Jalan Pulang. Senarai ini telah keluar lama. Aku cuma menerbitkannya semula dan mengolahnya secukup rasa. 

Untuk buat bahan ketawa hari Jumaat. Lagi pun hari ini ramai yg happy sebab malam semalam dah dapat pancut, kan? Kah kah kah!!!

Cuma ralat nama Raise Stim tak ada dalam senarai. Hebat lagi tua si kutuk ini. Dia boleh tahan lebih 10 minit.

Terbuktilah amah yg ditunggingnya itu bukan amah menopause! 

Kah kah kah kah!!!


1. Nor Mohamed Yakcop (BEKAS ahli parlimen Tasek Gelugor)
2. Awang Adek Hussein (BEKAS calon parlimen Bachok)
3. Shahrizat Jalil (sudah mengumumkan tidak akan bertanding)
4. Noh Omar (BEKAS ahli parlimen Tanjong Karang)
5. Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (BEKAS perdana menteri dan ahli parlimen Kepala Batas)
6. Abdullah Md Zin (BEKAS ahli parlimen Besut)
7. Abu Seman Yusop (BEKAS ahli parlimen Masjid Tanah)
8. Azalina Othman Said (BEKAS ahli parlimen Pengerang)
9. Azmi Khalid (BEKAS ahli parlimen Padang Besar)
10. Baharum Mohamed (BEKAS ahli parlimen Sekijang)
11. Bung Mokhtar Radin (BEKAS ahli parlimen Kinabatangan)
12. Halimah Mohd Sadique (BEKAS ahli parlimen Tenggara)
13. Hamim Samuri (BEKAS ahli parlimen Ledang)
14. Ismail Kassim (BEKAS ahli parlimen Arau)
15. Jamaluddin Jarjis (BEKAS ahli parlimen Rompin)
16. Lilah Yassin (BEKAS ahli parlimen Jempol)
17. Mohamed Nazri Aziz (BEKAS ahli parlimen Padang Rengas)
18. Mohd Johari Baharum (BEKAS ahli parlimen Kubang Pasu)
19. Mohd Zin Mohamed (BEKAS ahli parlimen Sepang)
20. Rafidah Aziz (BEKAS ahli parlimen Kuala Kangsar)
21. Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin (BEKAS ahli parlimen Papar)
22. Adnan Mansor (BEKAS ahli parlimen Putrajaya)
23. Shahrir Samad (BEKAS ahli parlimen Johor Bharu)


1. Reezal Merican Naina Merican (awalnya dicalonkan bagi kerusi parlimen Kepala Batas)
2. Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (awalnya dicalonkan bagi kerusi parlimen Baling)


1. Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik (Pengerusi GABEM)
2. Mohd Isa Samad (Pengerusi FELDA)
3. Radzi Sheikh Ahmad (BEKAS ahli parlimen Kangar)
4. Syed Hamid Albar (BEKAS ahli parlimen Kota Tinggi)

Menurut sumber blogger pro-Umno ini juga, ada beberapa nama lain yang tidak tersenarai pada awalnya kemudian dicalonkan semula bagi memperkuatkan kedudukan BN antaranya:

1. Khairy Jamaluddin (BEKAS ahli parlimen Rembau)
2. Zainal Abidin Osman (BEKAS calon parlimen Nibong Tebal)
3. Shaziman Abu Mansor (BEKAS ahli parlimen Tampin)

Setakat maklumat ini ditulis, belum ada sebarang pengesahan dari ibu pejabat Umno bagaimanapun senarai ini belum muktamad kerana Najib Altantuya masih belum berpuas hati dengan senarai terbaru yang ditapis hari ini.

Besar kemungkinan lebih banyak BEKAS penyandang yang bakal gugur akan memprotes keputusan Najib Altantuya yang menyebabkan dia kini dalam dilema.

Selamat beramuk sesama sendiri UMNO/MCA/MIC!