If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom: and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that, too – W. Somerset Maugham

Posted on September 30, 2008


Yesterday, Amarjit, Chandra and I went to the Kamunting detention centre to see RPK to get him to affirm his affidavit in support of a fresh habeas corpus application.

We were allowed an hour with RPK.

How is he?

Well, first you may wish to read for yourself what RPK has to say about his present state.

I have not seen him since just before he was detained on 12th September. And it pained me to see him yesterday.

As we embraced, I had to hold back my tears as I did not want him to see any weakness in me.

He was gaunt and had clearly lost a lot of weight.

Much of the time was spent with him reading the affidavit and then affirming the same.

We had to speak in a hushed tone so that the guard who was present throughout would not overhear what we said.

He wanted to know what was happening outside, especially about the takeover by Pakatan.

We told him whatever we knew.

He reiterated that a new Pakatan government was the only hope of all the ISA detainees coming out early.

He said that he had not received any cards from well-wishers of late. I told him that that was probably because the authorities were withholding them to weaken his resolve.

The hour was up so soon.

As we embraced again, I whispered to him that I would not rest until he is free.

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