Malaysia: Detentions Under Internal Security Act (ISA)


Urgent Appeal Case: UA980923
ISSUES: Arbitrary arrest & detention,

The ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION urge you to take immediate action on the current Malaysian detentions under Internal Security Law. Further updates on AHRC Urgent Appeal on Malaysia 980922 and update 980923.

BRIEF SUMMARY: The wife of former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is under intense intimidation, harassment and harsh conditions are imposed on her. The team of 8 lawyers involved in the Anwar Ibrahim case were summoned by police. International news censorship continues with CNNs news on Anwar censored. 3 more detained under ISA.

MORE ISA DETENTIONS: 3 detained under the Internal Security Act S 73(1)(A), increasing the total ISA detainees to 15.The 3 additional ISA Detainees are: 1.Ahmad Shabrini Md. Sidek, Sec-Gen of the National Muslim Students Association 2.Asma’on Ismail, State Assemblymen for Panti 3.Dr. Zamri Abdul Kadir, UMNO Youth Head of Lumut

RELEASED: 126 people arrested for protesting outside the court are released on police bail.

SERVED WITH ISA ORDER DR. WAN AZIZAH: Dr. Wan Azizah, wife of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was summoned by police to investigate her claims regarding the well-being of Anwar for a CNBC news programme and to give witness statements to the police. She is being investigated under the Sedition Act S 4(1).

On 23 September 1998 she was also served an order under the Internal Security Act, which forbiddens her to have gatherings at her home, to speak at public rallies or be involved in ‘political’ activities. Visitors have been barred from entering her home with the exception of close relatives, lawyers and press with signed invitations from Dr. Wan Azizah. There are police roadblocks set up in the two roads leading to the house and armed police guard both gates of the house.

LAWYERS OF ANWAR SUMMONED BY POLICE: The 8 lawyers involved in the Anwar Ibrahim case have been summoned and to give witness statements to the police. This means that these 8 lawyers may not be able to serve as Anwar’s legal counsels if the police decides that these lawyers has to testify for the police.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS CENSORED: CNN news report at 1 am Malaysian time on Anwar was censored on television.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: You are requested to write letters and faxes to the Malaysian authorities urging: – all ISA detainees be released immediately without conditions including Anwar Ibrahim; – if authorities have evidence that the detainees including Anwar have broken the law they should be given a open and fair trial in a courts of law; – that police brutality at peaceful gatherings of citizens be curbed immediately; and the right to freedom of assembly and expression be respected. – to stop all censorship of media in safeguarding the freedom of expression and right to information by the people of Malaysia; – condemned the detention of various people under the Internal Security Act(ISA)


Yang di-Petuan Agong [The king of Malaysia] DYMM Tuanku Jaafar Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Abdul Raham Istana Negara 50500 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Faxes: 603 – 230 4646 or 603 – 201 1535

Dato Seri Mahathir bin Mohamad Prime Minister’s Department Jalan Dato Onn 50502 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Faxes: 603 – 298 4172

Datuk Mohtar Abdullah Attoney General’s Chambers Jabatan peguam negara Malaysia Tingkat 20, Bangunan Bank Rakyat Jalan Tangsi Malaysia Faxes: 603 – 293 2021 or 603 – 298 4989

Tan Sri Rahim Noor, Inspector-General of Police Ibu Pejabat Polis Persekutuan, Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Fax: 603-2910707

And to the diplomatic representative of Malaysia accredited to your country.

Document Type : Urgent Appeal Case
Document ID : UA980923
Countries : Malaysia,
Issues : Arbitrary arrest & detention,