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Standing Up PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nanda   
Monday, 01 November 2010 19:32

There was a loud rapping of knuckles, rattling the front door at around 10pm, 25th October 2010. Five personnel identified themselves as police officers demanded that the door be opened. Startled, a man in his sarong went to look for the keys while his wife and his kids were looking, terriffied at the sudden ongoing at their house. The police officers were in no mood to wait for the keys. They decided to break it open and storm into the house, their actions punctuated with generous ammount of profanity.


Soon after, the man in the sarong was detained and beaten in front of his wife.


His wife was then told to bring her husband a pair of pants and to change her husband's sarong there and then. The kids were perplexed and being kids, they began to ask questions. "Where are you taking my dad?". "What's happening?". The questions were met with more profanity from the cops and the man was then beaten up in front of his wife and his kids before being taken away, leaving his family members with no clue as to what just happened and where were they taking him and on what grounds.


The narration above is not the opening scene for a Hollywood movie. It took place at K. Selvachandran's home. Earlier that day, the coroner's court gave an “open verdict” into R Gunasegaran’s inquest stating that the cause of his death while in police custody could not be conclusively proven. K. Selvachandran had testified during the inquest, stating that he witnessed one Lance Corporal Mohd Faizal Mat Taib assaulting Gunasegaran before the suspect collapsed and died.


Following a press conference organised by SUARAM and Lawyers for Liberty, a call for action was made to the members of the public, urging them to show their solidarity and to stand together with K. Selvachandran's family and concerned citizens to demand the details of detention and whereabouts of Selva and to make a stand against the apparent high-handed manner in which the police acted, bringing forth claims of abuse of power and police brutality. A memorandum was prepared and was brought to Bukit Aman on 30th October 2010.


Five days without news about the whereabouts of her husband, Saraswathy (Selva's wife) seemed brave but tears did flow.


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 November 2010 00:20
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Ops Lalang - Shedding more light PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 04:51

opslalangOctober 27, 1987: Earlier, a pen had scratched on sheets of paper - a signature repeated 106 times on separate forms authorising the detention without trial of politicians, community and civil society leaders. Those who lived through that day 23 years ago remember the chill factor that immediately blanketed  society. Subzero submission. The subsequent White Paper explained that it was necessary because "the various groups, who had played up 'sensitive issues' and thus created 'racial tension' in the country, had exploited the government's 'liberal' and 'tolerant' attitude".

 

According to official documents and the mass media, the ISA was used that day to quell surging racial tensions that had resulted from the government's appointment of about 100 non-Mandarin educated leaders to senior positions in Chinese vernacular schools. You can read Wikipedia's brief account of the saga here. It was a blatant disregard to the promise that the ISA, when finally passed in Parliament in 1960, would never be used to suppress political and social discourse.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:15
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Mellow yellow PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Thursday, 21 October 2010 00:19

melaka-izzaIZZA IZELAN sent in this picture during the recent festive season: "The photo was taken in Melaka in September this year during the first day of Hari Raya. The trishaw man continues taking passengers regardless of the festival and the holiday. The yellow color here may seem overrated, but it is nothing more than just a color."

 

Great yellows, Izza. Goes well with the current balmy weather :)

 

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