|11 Disember 2007
Sebaik sahaja tiba di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur pagi tadi saya telah ditahan oleh Pegawai Imigresen yang memaklumkan bahawa nama saya telah timbul dalam “senarai yang disyaki”. Tiada penjelasan tambahan yang diberikan. Setelah itu paspot saya telah dikembalikan dan saya meninggalkan lapangan terbang.
Dengan menggunakan alasan keselamatan awam, dalam tiga hari kebelakangan ini pihak berkuasa telah meningkatkan tekanan terhadap rakyat Malaysia dan menahan pimpinan pembangkang serta badan bukan kerajaan.
Tindakan melampau ini petanda jelas kepimpinan Perdana Menteri Abdullah Badawi sampai ke penghunjungnya.
Di Malaysia, rasuah terus menular di kalangan pemimpin UMNO dan BN. Keyakinan orang ramai terhadap sistem kehakiman telah punah. Jenayah telah meningkat. Ekonomi semakin lesu dan media perdana kawalan UMNO-BN masih dikuasai kerajaan.
Rakyat Malaysia telah turun ke jalan untuk turut serta dalm perhimpunan aman untuk mendesak perubahan sistem pilihanraya. Dalam insiden terbaru, pejuang hak asasi telah ditangkap kerana ingin membiarkan kain rentang Hak Asasi Manusia terus berkibar di Dataran Merdeka. Kerajaan telah bertindak balas dengan menggunakan ancaman ISA untuk menakut-nakutkan pimpinan masyarakat.
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December 11, 2007
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia — Earlier today upon arriving at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport I was stopped by Immigration officers who alerted me that my name has been added to a “suspect list.”
The nature of this list, who is included on it, and why my name has been added to it, are questions for which no answer was given. I was held in the Immigration Office for a short period after which my passport was returned to me and I exited the airport.
Under the guise of preserving public safety, in the last three days the authorities have increased their repressive tactics against Malaysian citizens and arrested key opposition figures and civil rights leaders.
These repressive tactics are a sign that Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi’s leadership of Malaysia has run its course. After announcing today that he wishes to be a career politician until the year 2020, it is apparent that on all counts his government been a complete failure.
In Malaysia, corruption continues to run rampant among the UMNO party. The integrity of the judiciary has been shattered. Crime has risen dramatically. The economy is lagging and the mainstream media remains completely constrained and under government control.
People have taken to the streets in peaceful protest to call for change. Most recently, advocates have been thrown in jail for asking for a Human Rights Flag remain prominent in the capital square. In response the government has resurrected the spectre of the ISA to intimidate and instill fear among civil rights leaders.
The truth is that every demonstration that has taken place in Malaysia in the last three months has been completely peaceful. The only violence to transpire has been perpetrated by police officers and army units firing tear gas and water canons at innocent civilians. Tear gas has even been used to intimidate the minority community in places of worship.
The government’s strategy of repression will continually fail. The winds of democracy in Malaysia will prevail as more and more will take to the streets to remove this corrupt UMNO party from power.
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