No More SOSMA Please Anwar! 3

Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Karim shared a poem that adresses the tyranny and hypocracy of the continued use of SOSMA under a government led by Anwar Ibrahim –

Kuasa itu manis umpama madu
Tetapi kuasa itu juga racun
Menghitamkan kalbu
Kuasa boleh mengubah segala-galanya

Dulu kita kata undang-undang itu zalim
Kita panggil dia draconian
Akta kuku besi
Menafikan hak asasi
Masa itu kita hanya reformis jalanan
Yang bergelandangan

Kini sudah lain
Dunia sudah berubah
Kita sudah di tampuk kuasa
Nun tinggi di Putrajaya

Dari koridor kuasa
Kita mula bercakap
Tahanan tanpa bicara
hampir sebulan pun tidak mengapa

Demi keselamatan negara
Ketenteraman awam perlu dijaga

Hari ini, suara Pak Menteri
Sudah semacam suara Pak Polisi
Lalu, aku yang berpuisi seperti ini
Dianggap menembak kaki sendiri

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No More SOSMA Please Anwar! 2

A is for Anwar Ibrahim! On September 2nd 1998, then deputy prime minister and finance minister Anwar Ibraham was sacked from his posts on and expelled from UMNO. He was he was acused of sexual indecency, hindering police investigations and sedition and arrested on September 20 and held for nine days under the country’s Internal Security Act (ISA) before being taken charged with three counts of corruption and four of homosexual acts. Anwar had visible bruising to the face and neck, having been beaten unconscious during his detention under the ISA.

Anwar is now Prime Minister and once again Finance Minister. His party PKR, fights under the logo of an eye which alluses to his abuse while under ISA detention. Surely, Anwar and PKR will live up to their many promises to review SOSMA and do justice to their logo, which thrusts upon the conscience and consciousness of the electiorate, the ethos of reform! Surely He, his party and his PH coalition will make it their higest priority to review and revise, if nor repeal, this draconian act.

No More SOSMA Please Anwar!

Nirmala, mother of two SOSMA detainees reminds the Prime Minister, “Prime Minister kita Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim, kita perchaya dan kita undi sebab kita nak dapatkan KEADILAN untuk semua orang dekat sini. We need justice for SOSMA and we dont want all our detainees anak-anak kita dekat dalam merana without any bukti.

While SOSMA may be less onerous than the Internal Security Act 1960 (ISA), the Malaysian Human Rights body, Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia (SUHAKAM) has identified four provisions in Security Offences (Special Measure) Act 2012 (SOSMA) that violate human rights:

  1. Section 4 does not provide for judicial oversight when the detention period is extended up to 28 days.
  2. Section 5 allows the police to deny immediate access to legal representation for a period up to 48 hours.
  3. Section 6 permits the interception of communication which may infringe personal liberty and right to privacy.
  4. Section 30 compels the court, upon application by the Prosecutor to commit an acquitted person pending exhaustion of all appeals.

The alleged manifesto commitment to repeal SOSMA was dernied by Mahathir Mohamad’s PH government of GE14. Lets hope Anwar Ibrahim’s Unity Government of GE15 will be able to fulfill this goal in the cause of natural justice and human rights..

Ke Mana Malaysia Kita? 14

Zahid visiting Anwar in Hospital in 2017. Pecah belah kuncu yang rapat, Lama lama berkuncu lagi!

A friend, in need, hs a friend in deed. Whenever Anwar Ibrahim has been in need Zahid has been there in deed –

  1. Brothers in activism at Universiti Malaya in the 1970’s
  2. Zahid wase chief during Anwar’s risi in UMNO in the 1990’s
  3. Spearheaded Anwar’s challenge to Mahathir during Umno general assembly in June 1998
  4. Stood by Anwar at the cost of being detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) when Anwar was sacked in Sept 1998.
  5. Joined Najib to write a letter to the Agong, backing Anwar’s bid to become prime minister in October 16, 2020.
  6. A press statements matching with Anwar’s in a bid to topple Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in March 2021.
  7. His surprisingly intimate and sympathetic with Anwar against respective party sentiments, leaked in Aprin 2021.
  8. And now, leading UMNO in backing Anwar’s long awaited asscent to Malaysia’s Prime Ministership



A Scroll of Acronyms 1998

KPB, Medium and Dimensions Variable, 1998, Niranjan Rajah

During the height of the financial and political crises of 1998, artist and curator Wong Hoy Cheong organized a show of protest and criticism titled “Siapa? Apa? Kenapa?”, Artis Pro Activ. I sent in a long faxed scroll piece with the above text. This speculative communication art work indexed the major bones of contention, the conspiracy theories and the possible linkages between the local and global political imperatives and instruments of the day.