Pakatan Rakyat, see the Agong now! And we, the rakyat, will Hartal ISA to support you! Err, will we?

Posted on September 17, 2008


‘Today, I received many phone calls from concerned friends who told me that the government is considering detaining me under the Internal Security Act ‘very soon’. If that does happen, then this could probably be the last article I write, at least until 16 September 2008. So I too need Anwar to succeed. If not I will be in Kamunting for quite some time to come and you will not hear from me over the next couple of years.

Yes, I too have placed, not only my money, but also my freedom on Anwar. And if Anwar fails to deliver his promise on 16 September 2008, not only he but I as well am headed for a fall. But I have confidence he will do it. And I have confidence that my stay in Kamunting will not be for two years but for a mere two weeks.

But if I am wrong…..well, then see you maybe in six or seven years time, because for sure Najib Tun Razak will not release me in 2010 when he becomes Prime Minister. What he would do, instead, would be to rollover my two-year detention another two years, and another two years, and another two years, until I am too old to think and write anymore.

Till we meet again, if we do meet again, take care and keep the flame burning. There is still a long fight ahead of us in bringing reforms to this beloved country of ours’ – RPK, in his ‘High stakes poker game or gunfight at the OK Corral?’ post of 6th September.


There were 103 responses to my ‘So, do we Hartal ISA?’ post.

Most of you were in favour of such an effort.

My friends and I are ready to try and push for a Hartal ISA soon.

We need to know that you would be with us both in partaking in this Hartal ISA and in helping to spread the word by sms.

Why don’t you take time to read the rest of this post, then send a comment in to let us know if we should move this effort.

You decide if we move to Hartal ISA.


Many of you freaked out after reading my ‘RPK in danger…’ post.

And many sighed a huge a sigh of relief after my ‘Access to RPK allowed’.

Well, if you read Marina Lee’s account of her meeting with RPK, you’ll know that we have every reason to still be concerned. More so, in fact.

That RPK is not eating appears to be clear.

Hunger strike?

Marina was quoted by Malaysiakini as first saying that RPK had lost weight and then added :

“He told me that he is not on a hunger strike. However, he did not tell me whether or not he is eating. I’m not sure what to make it of it…before he said he was not on a hunger strike but…”

Daughter Sara is quoted in the same Malaysiakini report as first saying that RPK had described food being served him as ‘pig food’ and then adding:

“He is in very bad shape. He looks very pale. We will be talking to the lawyers to see if we can do something about all this”

He can’t stand the food?

Or he has concerns about the safety of the food?

Lawyers have filed the habeas corpus application. That’s now fixed for hearing on 26th September. I understand that there will be an attempt to bring the hearing date forward, but we must still anticipate all sorts of delays creeping in.

Is there nothing else the rest of us can do? Just wait?

On 9th September, RPK wrote in ‘Hari Reformasi, the day of a new dawn’ :

‘…while Umno may not have the three million members it claims to have and while the military is not about to go on a rampage, we must not discount the possibility that certain irresponsible people who are frustrated that they are no longer in power may attempt to trigger race riots. And Anwar must guard against this. And if it is necessary to delay the takeover a couple more weeks or so just to ensure that these elements can be dealt with before they start their evil deeds then so be it. A delay of one month is no big deal if this can guarantee peace and stability.

This is all Malaysians ask from Anwar and nothing more than that. Guard against anything untoward happening. Only when the coast is clear should you make your move. There should be no bloodshed and loss of life. And ask the Malays in the opposition to come out in defence of their non-Malay brothers and sisters and warn the Umno Malays, in no uncertain terms, that they take to the streets at the risk of facing fellow Malays from the opposition who will defend their non-Malay brethren to the last drop of their blood. I, for one, am ready to stand by my Chinese and Indian comrades. So let Umno be warned.’


The detention, on 12th September  of both


is, in my view, unique in the history of the use of the ISA by successive BN governments.

I say unique because, unlike earlier ISA detentions, that of RPK and Teresa was at the hands of a ‘government’ which, for all intents and purposes, was a ‘pretender’ to the throne. Pak Lah’s administration had, by the date of those detentions, lost all legitimacy to govern and to use the powers of state, including that under the ISA.

By that date, sufficient MPs had entered into accord to crossover to Pakatan so that Pak Lah no longer could legitimately claim to enjoy the confidence of the majority in Parliament.

Unfortunately, Pak Lah cannot be expected to do the decent thing and resign from office or to ask His Majesty to dissolve Parliament and call for fresh elections.

And there is no reason to believe that Pak Lah’s administration will be in a hurry to release both RPK and Teresa. Or any of the other ISA detainees.

With Pakatan Rakyat, though, we are entitled to expect that they would release all ISA detainees upon taking over federal power.

At the Hari Malaysia celebrations on 15th September at Kelana Jaya, Anwar said that Pakatan Rakyat have more than the requisite numbers and that they’ve written to Pak Lah for a meeting to, amongst others, discuss a smooth and peaceful transition of power, and that when Pakatan takes over power at federal level, they will release all political detainees held under the ISA.

All these 20,000+ people heard it at Kelana Jaya on 15th September.

At the PKR press con yesterday, Anwar clarified that the letter despatched to Pak Lah also sought assurances from him that :

1) BN would not prevent BN MPs from acting in accordance with their conscience, constitutional rights and independent judgment;

2) the BN government would not invoke the Internal Security Act to detain any MPs who opt to join Pakatan Rakyat, or any of the present 82 Pakatan Rakyat MPs;

3) the BN government would not invoke emergency or police powers, or suspend the constitution, or dissolve parliament in response to Pakatan’s move to form a new federal government;

4) the BN government would not impose roadblocks and impede the MPs from gaining access to Parliament and the institutions of government.

Anwar further clarified that they would give Pak Lah some time to revert and if Pak Lah does not respond positively to this Pakatan overture, they would then take the matter to the Agong.

Malaysiakini reports that Pak Lah has responded to say that he would not meet Anwar.

“If he really has the list of MPs, he should just reveal it, and need not wait to meet me. He does not have the list. He is a liar”, Pak Lah is reported to have said.

Has not Pak Lah already spoken?

Should not Pakatan now take this matter to His Majesty without any further delay?

A Malaysiakini report today speculates on the possibility of Pak Lah’s regime moving to detain Anwar under the ISA.

This is based on Pak Lah saying that  Anwar has ‘become a threat to the economy and possibly (national) security’.

On being asked what action he might take, Pak Lah is said to have replied:

‘I will not indicate what plan I will take, what I do will be in the best interests of the people and the country’

We all know that the biggest threat to our economy has been Pak Lah himself.

As for those who are a threat to national security, one need look no further than the UMNO leadership and their rank and file to identify these.

Add to this the arrest of Kickdefella this evening and what are we looking at?

Intimidation by a regime that no longer has the legitimate right to rule, in the hope that we will be silenced and bullied into inertia?

What do we do in the face of this?

What should Pakatan Rakyat do?


If it has not done so already, I think Pakatan Rakyat should, without any further delay, take this matter of Pak Lah’s loss of confidence of the majority in Parliament to the Agong.

The leadership of Pakatan Rakyat must impress upon His Majesty that the majority of the rakyat desire a change in governance, with the removal of PakLah and his BN regime and its replacement with a Pakatan Rakyat government under the leadership of Anwar.

What can we, the rakyat, do?

Hartal ISA?

We hartal to demonstrate our abhorrence for the ISA, to demand for the immediate release of all ISA detainees, and to register our support for the Pakatan Rakyat’s claim to a legitimate right to govern.

Pakatan Rakyat, will you move now?

People, will you hartal?