A couple of issuesPosted: May 11, 2009
But first, a little housekeeping.
I’d like to say here, that I’m pleasantly surprised that I’ve received comments that welcome me back. Though I’ve valued the comments and discussions from my past posts, I wouldn’t have expected that after 3 months of absence, my little voice would still be heard amidst the many MANY blogs out there. So thanks, really, for giving me a welcome back.
I’ve been away from blogging for 3 months. And when I say “blogging”, I mean even away from reading most blogs. I kept my sources of information to mainly the online news portals.
The main reason why I stopped to take a break back in February, other than my other priorities, was because I was starting to feel obliged to write/think in a certain way. And it’s not a good feeling. I wanted to give myself some time to gather my thoughts and search within myself, what it is that I really care about.
My posts have been mostly pro-Pakatan Rakyat. There can be no denying it. But I don’t want to become a blind supporter of PR. Nor do I want to be someone who criticises BN simply because it’s BN.
With that said, I’m hoping that with this (rather new) start to (re)blogging, there can be more open discussions and debates over issues and matters that are of importance to us as Malaysians, regardless of the political stance we each would have.
Coming back to the couple of issues I have in mind.
One of it would be the recent releases of two batches of 13 ex-ISA detainees. So in total, since Najib took over the helm, we’ve seen 26 ISA detainees being released.
My view has always been that detention without trial is wrong. And this stance hasn’t quite changed since. So while I’m glad to hear that the 26 ISA detainees have been released, I still think that arbitrary arrests and releases do not bode well.
I still have no idea if the ex-ISA detainees were ever really guilty of what they were in Kamunting for, and nor do I know if they’ve truly been proven that they’re innocent.
And what about the others who are still under the ISA, some for more than 7 years?
The other issue, is about the alleged Penan rape cases.
The investigations were carried out last year, and the report of the result of the investigations was to have reached the Ministry by December. I sent an email to them at that time, asking about what the results were, if the accusations bore any truth, and what steps the Ministry would take. I requested that they made a press statement once they reached a conclusion.
They replied telling me that they would discuss the matter in Cabinet before making any public announcement.
My question here is, has there been any news about this?
As far as I know, I haven’t heard a thing.