Bar Council keeps screaming the mantra of “no detention without trials” but to no avail. Talks and streets protests have been held to abolish the same but ISA is here to stay.
Justice and humanity in my beloved Malaysia are nothing but forgotten theories. I may be 33 years old and not directly affected by the ISA but I hang out with enough daughters of Pak Samad Ismail to feel the magnitude of this insane law. In the still of many Tuesday evenings, both Maria and Nuraina A. Samad, have told me personally their harrowing experience when Bapak was detained under the purview of ISA.
On July 2nd, a 17-year-old Aina Mardiah Shahrial, fought for her life at Kajang Hospital. Her family promptly informed the detention camp in Kamunting where Aina’s father has been detained for the past seven years. But Aina’s father, Shahrial, was only informed about her condition on July 3rd at 10.30 a.m. What took the authority at Kamunting so long to inform Shahrial such pressing news is beyond me. They must be really busy making the camp a palace for the detainees to stay or they just plain “makan gaji buta!“
That was not all, the authority at Kamunting said that they could not release Shahrial to be by the side of his dying daughter because they need the precious signature of the Home Minister. What they seemed to forget that in situation like this, no rules of law should supersede humanity. Shahrial was released at 5 p.m. and he endured the longest four-hour journey to Aina’s side.
He was too late. Or rather, the ridiculous procedures delayed the hell out of him. Aina died without seeing him again.
In an open letter to the Home Minister, Ahiruddin Attan or better known as Rocky, writes a heart-wrenching story of Aina.
I wept in the privacy of my own office. But did anyone hear the cry of Aina’s mother when she pleaded with the authority to let her husband be by her daughter’s side on her death bed? Nobody did.
Shame on you Home Ministry!
I call upon my fellow practitioners, bloggers and friends to keep championing ISA’s abolishment. We can make a difference if we want to.
[Sources & Pictures stolen from Rocky’s Bru without his permission. Aina at the right hand corner of the photo]