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FAC Sweet Faces Turns Malaysian PM Sour

23/6/2001 3:24 am Sat

[Terkejut besar Mahathir bila Bahirah, isteri Ezam muncul dengan sesuatu di tangan. Mahathir tersilap besar kerana memutuskan kasih dan sayang melalui ISA tanpa bukti dan tanpa perbicaraan. Dia bakal menghadapi pelbagai serangan yang tajam serta penuh sindiran yang boleh membawa keaiban. Kemunculan tiba-tiba Bashirah ini hanyalah baru satu kejutan permulaan. Apa yang menanti di hari depan mungkin boleh membuat dia tergoncang. Kalau kaum hawa berjaya memukau dan menarik ribuan hadiran di Filipina (Aquino), India (Ghandi), Myanmar (Aung Sang Suu Kyi), Indonesia (Megawati) dan lain-lain lagi, tidak mustahil ia tidak boleh berlaku di sini.

Kata orang cinta itu terlalu agung sehingga lautan pun akan diselami dan gunung pun akan sanggup didaki. Malah maut pun sanggup diredahi demi cinta yang sejati. Apatah lagi cinta seorang isteri yang hebatnya pasti....

"Love is a value that is actualized through living actions" - Steven Covey.

- Editor]

FAC News - 22 June 2001

Sweet faces turns Malaysian PM sour

Yesterday began the four-day UMNO General Assembly - the expected highlight being Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin's resignation and the aftershock that would follow. But little did they know the event that would steal the thunder would be the ambush from the wives of the Internal Security Act detainees.

Four of these detainees' wives converged on the UMNO headquarters building. However, only Bahirah Tajul Aris, National Justice Party Youth Leader Ezam Mohd Nor's wife, managed to get through. The others were grabbed by the plainclothes security officers and stopped in their tracks.

Bahirah managed to squeeze her petite self amongst the UMNO Ministers lined up waiting for Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to arrive and lay in ambush. Imagine Mahathir's surprise as he shook hands with the guard of honour only to come face-to-face with Bahirah.

Bahirah introduced herself, "Dato Seri, I am Ezam's wife, I have come here to hand you this letter," and handed over the letter demanding the release of the six ISA detainees. [(Copy of the letter can be read below).]

Mahathir took the letter while trying to maintain his composure with a weak smile. He put the letter in his pocket, probably to mull over later, as the security officers showed Bahirah the exit - not that she needed help finding it.

The other wives were not so lucky though as their letters were yanked from their hands and ripped to shreds. But Bahirah got through and this is all that matters.

Today, the wives and family members of the six detainees still being detained at the Kamunting detention camp struck back - not with violence but persistently nevertheless. The shock of the two-year detention order has already evaporated and now it is now time to fight back. And the wives and families of the six are doing just that, the first salvo being the letter to the Prime Minister.

The wives and families are determined. They will not rest until the six are free men again. They are not prepared to ride out these two years without a fight.

Arresting politicians is one thing. Whether they are guilty or not of the crimes they are accused of is another. But facing the wrath of angry wives and mothers may be more than Mahathir can handle.

The wives have nothing to lose and everything to gain from fighting for their husbands' freedom. Mahathir will have to gauge carefully how he would like to handle this onslaught of angry wives and mothers. As the Intifadah has shown, the hand that rocks the cradle can more than rock the nation. And these wives, mothers and fiancées of the six detainees will not rest until they have gained the freedom of their loved ones.

Let Mahathir be warned.

ISA Family Members' Letter to Mahathir

Pusat Keluarga Tahanan ISA
24 Jalan SS7/24
Kelana Jaya
47301 Petaling Jaya

21 Jun 2001

Yang Amat Berhormat
Dato' Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
Prime Minister
Prime Minister's Department
Federal Government Administrative Centre 62502 PUTRAJAYA

Assalamualaikum warahamatullahiwabarakatuh

Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Seri,

DEMAND FOR THE IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF Mohamad Ezam Mohd. Nor, Saari Sungib, Dr. Badrul Amin Bahron, Lokman Noor Adam, Chua Tian Cheng, and Hishamuddin Rais

We, the undersigned, are the wives and family members of the above-mentioned detainees currently being detained at Kamunting under the Internal Security Act.

The detention of the above-mentioned detainees was made without any formal criminal charge or trial in an open court. This is an inhumane act that violates their fundamental rights.

The above-mentioned detainees are responsible individuals who uphold the principle of democracy in this beloved Malaysia of ours. They are neither common criminals nor enemies of state. They are, in fact, citizens committed towards safeguarding the nation's wealth against transgressions and acts of bribery.

They are also our husbands and loving fathers to our children. Separating them from us and from our young children who are still in great need of their love is truly a cruel and inhumane act.

Our husbands are peace-loving people who struggle to uphold the principles enshrined in the declaration of independence which guarantees that this nation will continue to be a democratic nation based on the principle of freedom and justice. Does fighting to uphold these principles constitute a crime or threaten national security?

Malaysia has now entered the twenty-first century but why is our country still practicing laws that were inherited from our one-time colonial masters and detains its citizen without trial.

We, the wives of the above-mentioned detainees, have no doubts whatsoever that our husbands have acted nobly, constitutionally, and that they did not violate any laws. Their detention is criminal and unjust.

We, therefore, demand that our husbands be immediately and unconditionally released and be allowed to return to their families, or, if the government has any proof of them violating any laws, charge them in court.

Yours Sincerely,

Puan Bahirah Tajul Aris
(Mohd Ezam Mohd Nor's wife)

Puan Aliza Jaffar
(Saari Sungib'a wife)

Mabel Au
(Chua Tian Cheng's fiance)

En. Jalaluddin Manaf
(Hishamuddin Rais' father)

Puan Zumrah Husni
(Dr. Badrul Amin Bahron's wife)

Puan Noor Farahin Ahmad
(Lokman Noor Adam's wife)