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TJ MK AP: ISA - Suhakam Dinafikan Lawatan
30/4/2001 7:02 am Mon
SUHAKAM telah dinafikan untuk menemui mangsa tahanan ISA
walaupun ia mempunyai kuasa di sisi undang-undang untuk
mengetahui keadaan sebenar mereka.
Sebelum itu SUHAKAM telah mengeluarkan resolusi pada April
12 lepas agar semua tahanan dibebaskan tanpa syarat kerana
penahanan mereka tanpa bicara adalah 'mencabul hak-hak
Polis bagaimanapun menjamin keadaan tahanan adalah selamat.
Tetapi rakyat masih ingat jika Anwar pun tidak selamat -
jangan haraplah tahanan terkini itu akan selamat. Malah
kisah 4 bekas tahanan ISA wanita yang didedahkan baru-baru
ini menggambarkan wanita dan ibu yang tidak bersalah apa-apa
pun sanggup didera - inikan pula aktivis reformasi.
Rencana AP juga menyebut pihak penjara mengadu begitu banyak
wang terpaksa dibelanjakan untuk mengawal Anwar yang terlantar
di hospital. Tetapi salah kerajaan juga kerana sengaja berdegil
untuk membenarkan Anwar di rawat diluar negara sedangkan beliau
sanggup mengngkosi semua belanja di sana. Tidak guna pihak
penjara membebel tidak tentu pasal - lebih baik mengadu kepada
Mahathir mengapa dibina satu taman buat burung bergembira di
Putrajaya yang menelan belanja berpuloh-puloh juta kosnya.
Itu lagi tidak berguna.
-Ringkasan/Ulasan Man Kubur-
Report says Malaysia rights body denied access to
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's statutory human rights
body has been denied access to nine opposition activists and a
rights campaigner detained under tough security laws allowing
detention without trial, a newspaper reported on Sunday.
The New Sunday Times said Senior Federal Counsel Abdul Wahab
Mohamed told a court hearing on two of the detainees that the
Internal Security Act (ISA) stopped him saying why visits were
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), which has
legal powers to visit detainees, called on April 12 for the
release of seven people arrested in a police swoop on
supporters of jailed former deputy prime minister Anwar
It said detention without trial was a "fundamental human
rights violation" and has since sought access to the
No one from SUHAKAM was immediately available for comment.
Police said they suspected those detained of planning violent
street protests to overthrow the government, charges the
opposition has denied.
They widened the net from Anwar supporters last week with the
arrest of a human rights activist.
Once a prime-minister-in-waiting, Anwar is serving a 15-year
prison sentence for sex and graft offences he says were made
up to stop a challenge against Prime Minister Mahathir
The prime minister denies the accusation, saying Anwar was
immoral and unfit to rule.
The ISA arrests prompted protest from the opposition, local
lawyers and rights campaigners, who demanded detainees'
release and trials in open court with proof of any wrongdoing.
The act allows police to arrest without charge anyone deemed a
threat to national security and to hold them for 60 days. The
period of detention can be extended to two years if
authorities think the person still poses a security risk.
New Sunday Times quoted Deputy Inspector-General of Police
Jamil Johari as saying detainees' families need not fear for
the health of those arrested.
"We can assure the families they are in safe hands and good
care of the police," the paper quoted him as saying.
Malaysia Police Deny Abusing Antigovernment Activists
KUALA LUMPUR (AP)--Police have rejected fears that 10
opposition and human rights activists held under strict
Malaysian security laws are being physically abused, despite
criticism that most of the detainees haven't seen their
families for nearly three weeks.
Jamil Johari, the deputy national police chief, claimed that
authorities were taking good care of the men, many of whom
were arrested under Malaysia's Internal Security Act on April
10-11, The Star and The Sun newspapers reported Sunday.
"What is safer than being in the hands of the police?" Jamil
was quoted as telling reporters on Saturday. "When the time is
right, we will let those detainees be visited by their
Jamil said that officials would also eventually allow visits
by representatives of Malaysia's independent Human Rights
Commission, which has criticized the arrests.
Authorities have accused nine of the 10 detainees of planning
militant protests to overthrow Prime Minister Mahathir
Mohamad. They are being held under a law dating from the
British colonial era that allows for detention without trial.
Opposition leaders alleged earlier this week that witnesses
have seen at least one of the detainees in bad physical shape.
They claim that Mahathir ordered the arrests to stifle
The government has denied it, insisting that the move was
needed to sustain peace in this Southeast Asian country, which
Mahathir has led since 1981.
A High Court judge last week rejected an application to let
attorneys and family members visit the detainees, saying that
this might interfere with police investigations.
Lawyers are appealing against the decision with the Federal
Court, Malaysia's highest court.
Most of those arrested are linked to the opposition National
Justice Party, which was founded by the wife of ousted deputy
premier Anwar Ibrahim soon after Mahathir fired Anwar in 1998.
Anwar is serving prison sentences totaling 15 years on charges
of corruption and s###my which he claims were trumped up to
prevent him from defying his former mentor's rule.
(END) Dow Jones Newswires 29-04-01
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Malaysia Officials Complain About Cost Of Anwar
KUALA LUMPUR (AP)--Federal prison officials have complained
about the high cost of keeping jailed politician Anwar Ibrahim
hospitalized for back injuries in a state-run facility,
Malaysian media reported Sunday.
Omar Mohamed Dan, director-general of the Prisons Department,
claimed that authorities have spent about 65,000 ringgit
($1=MYR3.799) on security and transportation since the former
deputy premier was admitted to the Kuala Lumpur General
Hospital Nov. 25.
"He has been in the hospital for a long time and the cost is
great," Omar was quoted as saying by The Star and New Straits
Times newspapers. "This is taxpayers' money."
He said prison guards have to travel 60 kilometers everyday
from the federal Sungai Buloh Prison to watch over Anwar at
the hospital where he is staying.
Omar's comments come two days after the government ordered
Anwar to decide by Tuesday whether he would agree to spinal
surgery performed by local doctors. Anwar has been hoping to
get Dutch specialist Dr. Thomas Hoogland to operate on him.
Health officials warned they would send Anwar back to prison
soon if he refused to let Malaysian doctors perform the
surgery. They said earlier this week that the hospital had so
far spent at least MYR60,000 to foot Anwar's medical expenses.
Anwar has been receiving treatment for a slipped disc which he
claims was caused in part by a police beating he received in
1998. Hoogland, who examined him earlier this year,
recommended a minimally invasive operation best performed at
his clinic in Munich.
But government officials say Anwar can't travel overseas
because he's serving prison sentences totaling 15 years for
corruption and s###my.
Local doctors insist they have enough experience to operate on
Anwar using a conventional method of surgery with a high
success rate. They have warned that Anwar risks permanent
disability if he postpones the operation for much longer.
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad fired Anwar in 1998 amid
differences over how to handle the 1997-98 Asian economic
crisis. Anwar claims Mahathir wanted him out of the government
to short-circuit a political challenge. Mahathir has denied
(END) Dow Jones Newswires 29-04-01