by DAPSY Chairman, Teng Chang Khim in conjunction with the visit by DAPSY leaders to express solidarity with the participants of the ISA hunger strike
at the PAS headquarters in Taman Melewar Gombak
on Wednesday, 17th April 2002
reiterates the call to the government to end the unfair detention without trial
of the six reform activists, namely Mohamad Ezam Mohamad Nor, Hishamuddin Rais,
Chua Tian Chang, Saari Sungib, Dr. Badrulamin Bahron and Lokman Noor Adam, under
the Internal Security Act (ISA).
government cannot continue to turn a blind eye to and remain unmoved by the
pleas and cries of the detainees who have resorted to a hunger strike to protest
their inhumane and indefinite detention out of desperation after having
exhausted all possible avenues.
advancing the cause of the political detainees, even the former Deputy Prime
Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who himself is under incarceration, has
embarked on a hunger strike two days ago, following on the heels of a group of
hunger-strikers at the PAS headquarters.
further mobilise international support for the plight of the six detainees, the
DAPSY has appealed for the support of the International Union of Socialist Youth
(IUSY) to put greater pressure on the Malaysian government to heed the calls
from various quarters to free the detainees.
which comes under the parent body of Socialist International (SI), the oldest
and largest political coalition, is composed of 143 socialist, social democratic
and labour youth organisations from more than a hundred countries around the
globe and committed to the struggle for freedom and human rights, equality,
democracy and universal and all-encompassing solidarity.
DAPSY National Secretary, Hew Kuan Yau, who is also the Vice President of IUSY,
had yesterday written to the IUSY Secretary General, Enzo Amendola on an urgent
appeal to all 143 fraternal parties of IUSY to protest to the Malaysian
authorities, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights,
against the unfair detention of the six reform activists and demand that the
detainees be formally prosecuted in a court of law or released immediately and
unconditionally if there is no evidence against them as well as the abolishment
of the draconian ISA.
hope that in the face of increased international pressure as well as national
pressure from various NGOs, political parties and concerned individuals led by
the Abolish ISA Movement (AIM), the government would be forced to respond to the
plight of the six detainees. And this the government must do if it does not want
to suffer further embarrassment for having a reputation of being heartless and
oppressive with little regard for human rights when it comes to quelling the
legitimate dissent of its political opponents.
a thousand cries be uttered before the government stop turning a deaf ear to
them? Once again, DAPSY pleads with the Malaysian government: Show some
compassion and have the humanitarian sense to do the right thing.