MALAYSIA: 41 arrested on 100th day of ISA detentions

Dear Friends

We are forwarding you the following Urgent Appeal from Suaram, a highly respected human rights organisation in Malaysia.

Yesterday, July 15th – marked 100 days since the government of Malaysia started arresting those perceived to be their political opponents under the infamous Internal Security Act.

In the last 100 days, 12 persons have been arrested, two of whom have been released by the police after signing secret statements, and two others released by the Shah Alam High Court by Justice Mohd. Hishamuddin Moh. Yunus, who ruled that the detentions were unlawful, unjustified and in contravention of the constitutional rights of the detainees. The latest victims of the ISA were two students arrested on 5-6 July for allegedly inciting students to demonstrate militantly against the government. They are labelled ‘subversive’ for exercising this democratic right, and are being held incommunicado without access to legal representation, a situation where torture is highly likely to be used to force them to sign incriminating statements.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the rise to powere of Prime Minister Mahatir, who has become increasingly autocratic in his rule. True to this trend, he has marked his anniversary with the arrest of 41 people protesting the 100 days of detention of the latest group of political prisoners. Please read Suaram’s appeal and act appropriately. Don’t forget you can still sign AHRC’s on-line petition until 20th of August at:

Thank you for your action,

Urgent Appeals Desk


Urgent Appeal: 16 July 2001

41 Arrested During 100th day of ISA arrests

KONVOI PERDANA, organised to commemorate 100 days of the detention of political and reform activists under the draconian Internal Security Act (1960), was brought to an abrupt end at about 3.10 pm on 15 July 2001 when police moved in with water cannons, forcing the large crowd gathered outside the Kamunting detention camp to disperse, resulting in 41 persons being arrested.

More than 1500 people gathered outside the detention camp yesterday afternoon, in a show of solidarity with family members of the six activists, who had made their weekly trip to visit their loved ones, who have been detained without trial for two years. Hundreds of cars had made their way to this small town at the foot of Maxwell Hills, coming from Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang and Kedah.

The 41 persons arrested are now being held at the Taiping police station. Among them are 10 women and 31 men. Aliza Jaafar, the wife of ISA detainee Hj. Saari Sungib, is also among those arrested. She was able to meet with her husband for a visit prior to her arrest. Three persons among those arrested are teenagers, aged 14, 15 and 16 respectively.

The names of those deatined are as follows:

Mohd Zariddin

Sulaiman bin. Meor Abdul Rahman

Ahmad Sazli bin. Saad

Zuraini bte Abdullah (woman)

Keh Sue Yek

Rosdi bin Mohd

Osman bin Mohd

Azmi bin Hashim

Norlela bte Baharin (woman)

Rahman bte Yatin (woman)

Mohd Zarin Khairy bin Zainuddin

Mohd Zainur bin Osman

Aliza bte Jaafar (woman)

Normah bte Che Mat (woman)

Siti aminah bte Mat (woman)

Ahmad Tarmizi bin Abdullah

Seok Loy

Kassim bin Yahya

Abdul Majid bin Ahmad

Redzuan bin Abdul Samad

Baharuddin bin Abdullah

Mior Johor bin Mior Abu Bakar

Mat Zahudi bin Mohd Nor

Saharuddin bin Razak

Tajul Arifin bin Mohd Yusof

Mohd Saifianuddin bin Mohd salleh

Mohd Akhir bin Arifin

Zul Helmi bin Yahya

Mohd Azam bin Mekhtar

Mohd Lokman bin Mohd Ali

Noraini bte Mokhtar (woman)

Norashikin bte Baharin (14 years old)

Ahmad Shahrani bin Che Azmi

Abdul Rahman bin Mohd Nor (16 years old)

Atipah bte Uri (woman)

Mohd Kamis bin Abdullah

Mohd Jallaludin bin Mohd Taib

Mamor bin Yahaya

Mohd Shuib bin Ismail

Abdul Ghani bin abu Yamin

Rohaida Ayu bte Arifin (15 years old)

It is believed that the 41 persons have been arrested for illegal assembly, and will be brought before a magistrate within 24 hours. The reasons for their arrest could not be confirmed according to a Suaram personnel who was in Kamunting.

There were also eye-witness accounts of people being beaten with batons and dragged away into police trucks, during the commotion.

Suaram strongly protests the high handed actions of the police and demands the immediate release of all those detained. It is shameful that a peaceful gathering carried out in solidarity with those detained was met with brute force and arrests of innocent Malaysians.




Action Required

– Demand for the immediate release of all those detained

– Express gravest concern over their well-being

– Drop all charges against the detainees as they were only exercising their basic rights to freedom of assembly

– Call on the Malaysian Human Rights Commission to intervene and restore democracy and human rights.

Letters Can Be Addressed:

Datuk Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

Minister of Home Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister

Ministry of Home Affairs (Menteri Dalam Negeri)

Aras 13, Blok D1

Parcel D, Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan

65202 Putrajaya, Selangor


Fax: + 60 3 8886 8014


Inspector General of Police

Tan Sri Norian Mai

Headquarters of Royal Police of Malaysia

Bukit Aman

50560 Kuala Lumpur


Fax: +603 22731326

Ybhg Tan Sri Musa Hitam


National Human Rights Commission,

29th. Floor, Menara Tun Razak,

Jalan Raja Laut,

50350 Kuala Lumpur.

Fax- 603-26125620



Kofi Annan
United Nations Room S-3800,
New York NY 10017
Fax: 1-212-963 4879/2155
Email :

Mrs. Mary Robinson
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des nations
8-14 avenue de la Paix,
CH 1211 Geneve,
Fax : (41) 229170213

(Please cc. a copy of your letter to the above authorities to SUARAM at if possible, for documentation purposes.)

Document Type : Forwarded Urgent Appeal
Document ID : FA-06-2001
Countries : Malaysia,
Issues : Legislation,