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There’s Light (Justice) at the End of the Tunnel (Torment)

Malaysiakini: ISA detainee gets RM2.5 million

Ex-ISA detainee Abdul Malek Hussin today won his legal suit against the government over his arrest and torture in 1998, and was awarded RM2.5 million in damages.

Malaysian activist wins landmark case against government over police torture

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: A Malaysian political activist who claimed he was tortured in police custody won 2.5 million ringgit (US$740,000; €520,000) in damages from the government Thursday in a landmark court verdict, lawyers and human rights groups said.

Abdul Malek Hussin, a former key supporter of opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim, alleged he was beaten unconscious, stripped naked and forced to drink urine while being held without trial for nearly two months in 1998 after participating in anti-government protests.

He sued the government in 1999, demanding 30 million ringgit (US$8.8 million; €6.2 million) in damages for human rights violations during his detention under the Internal Security Act, which allows authorities to indefinitely detain people considered to be security threats.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court on Thursday ruled that Abdul Malek’s detention was unlawful, and that his allegations of assault were true, based on medical reports and contradictions in the testimony of police witnesses, said Abdul Malek’s lawyer, Sivarasa Rasiah.

Now, what stopping [you]?

I’m such a fool—an ancient Mariner. Plague by the atrocities of humanity, subjectively to my mind and flesh, by proxy and by attachment of bond to the person (A. Nikita) subjugate by the Bitch, Sultanah Zanariah. I’m a romantic fool, believing that justice could prevail within the system, knowing well that they are above the system. Inside raging with hatred, outside indispose with craven gumption to initiate anarchy. Human Law can’t provide justice to me and her. Death warrant befalls to whom that speaks of truth. This isn’t law, this is tyranny. And that tyranny affects a few, so few perhaps to warrant your judgment and sympathy. I don’t anticipate a clamour of empathy; those only a fleeting righteous anger. Anger can’t uphold justice and justice is quiet non-existence to affect the monarch. There is always a question of national pride, cultural sensitivity and corruption of justice running errands running errant. Why bother. Go for the jugular if you’re sincere enough to justify your tiresome tirade.

They said to overthrow an oppressive monarch is sanctioned by law and humanity.

“Raja adil raja disembah, raja zalim raja disanggah.”

Poetic, but the word itself does not reflect justly for the poetic justice aspired.

“Permaisuri raja berurap-urapan,
Baju manikam, berhati sekam;
Mengail berumpan, berkata bertipuan,
Rakyat tertawan, sultanah [zalim] bergurindam.”

It’s already 5 years since they tormented [you]. Forever, in their den of oblivion — unknown by the public.

They analyse [you], re-evaluate the psychiatric assessment with prognosis of insanity, in order to keep [you] from blowing the whistle.

They kept [you] hidden under the pretext of medical attention and security.

They‘re afraid of [you].

I’m used to be the voice of [your] suffering.

Use it.

Growing Up in T(e)rengganu

“Awang Goneng does with words what Lat did with pictures.”
–Dr. Annabel Teh Gallop, Head of the South and Southeast Asia section, British Library, London.

Awang Goneng - Growing up in Trengganu

The book has been my top secret project this year, and even my better half Kak Teh only knew about it when the editing work was nearly done. My regular readers will know that Growing Up has been a regular and eccentric feature in my blog and if numbers are to be believed, the series has gone through many hundred thousand parts. But fear not, it is not coming out in many volumes but in just one small collection with cover design by a talented lady in Ireland, published by a small but reputable (and no doubt talented) publishing house in Singapore, and a cartoon of me on the writer’s bio page was drawn by a talented but no small cartoonist called Lat; and it is even embellished with photographs sent in by readers from as far away as New York and Canada. I am, needless to say, over the moon.

[Source: Kecek-Kecek – On Trengganuspeak and the Spirit of Trengganu]

The blook (book from blog) is what The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy does to AngkaSawan (Epileptic Figures) as what it does to the Ganu(s). Appreciating humour with philosophical elements, knitted with ‘foreign’ dialects (thank you Babel Fish) and immersing in nonchalant culture without the needs of a towel, unless you’re at the beach.

Just what I need now — books and towel — at Pulau Perhentian.