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Nov 21, 2008

Rais Yatim's hope for Guatanamo, Malaysian's hope for Kamunting

Rais 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. The Kamunting camp and Guatanamo are similar camps which allow detention without trial. Minister must to stop practicing double standards and Kamunting detention camp in Malaysia should compare to Guantanamo Bay camp. They must close down the camp. Many are detained arbitrarily and without trial under the ISA for so many years.

A lot of detainees are being held there for more than 2 to 6 years. Five alleged JI members who have been held under the ISA for seven years - Yazid bin Sufaat, Suhaimi bin Mokhtar, Abdullah bin Daud, Mat Sah bin Mohd Satray and Shamsuddin bin Sulaiman. 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.

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”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) “.

Rais Yatim knows that Guatanamo detentaion camp is worst than Kamunting. If he appeal for the release of Malaysians there, than he also should support the release of all ISA detainees. I think the time now for ISA detainees to get fair treatment from government. Government should either charge them in proper manner or free them immediately.

1 comment:

Satish said...

What is this la...nak selamatkan orang Malaysia di Guantanamo Bay,..tapi lupakan orang Malaysia yang perlu diselamatkan di ISA negara sendiri !!