ISA : “IKUT SUKA AKU”!?

Poems collections base on the life testimonies of a group of Singaporean ISA detainees (www.gerakbudaya.com / http://www.ethosbooks.com.sg)


“I had never felt a single regret …even I will be imprisoned till the end of my life”
“We had done nothing harm to others, we only struggle for justice, for the welfare of the workers’
“ The only moment I felt guilty only was when I saw the tears of my mother who was crying for the loss of her daughter who is imprisoned without trial “
“My kids keep asking where is daddy? Why the children in the school said my father is a criminal!”
“I am not terrorist, I speak the truth, To speak the truth is the “crime” I had committed? ?”
“Why we live in this world, if we cannot differentiate right/wrong, just/injustice? I never regret to stand up defending the truth”
“To fight for social justice and democracy is a “crime”,? only for the oppressor who scare of the loss of their power”….

These are the voices of thousands of EX ISA political detainees in Malaysia that manifested the deepest Spirits of women and men who have stood up for humanity, social justice, peace and democracy in this motherland. These voices were hardly reported in the main stream mass media and even our history text books.

These people who were always referred as the terrorists communists, racist, Marxist conspiracy, religion fundamentalists etc…. what ever branded names that they were being labeled, the only truth is that these people are infect the victim of the power to be in this nation. The only crime that they had done actually was to speak and stood up for the truth, especially to those in power. Most of them, infect are the most excellent human kind and citizen on the earth who have the essence of bodhisattvas who practice impartial compassionate deep in their heart and courage in their actions especially fearlessness to stand up for the truth in front of injustice .Without these people who hold such courage and honesty, this nation will only be ruined by the power to be that is corrupted and fascists in its nature.

Many of them who I met and know actually had gone though not only merely the loss of their physical freedom in the prison. But the amount of mental and emotional torture was beyond words. Till today, some of them or maybe many of them still couldn’t speak out what actually they had experienced in those detention period .

It was too cruelty to tell other human fellows, how cruelty can be done to another innocence human beings by another person who is also a equal human being! Some of them had experienced all types of psychological problems of anxiety, un trust, hearing sound, insomnia,.. All types of traumatic effects. Some even endured sufferings of relationship and family breakdown, the rejection of family towards them, all these very personal effect was infect so much damaging towards them.

Yesterday when I was hearing the life testimonies and poem of the Singaporean ex ISA detainees in the book launch of their book : Our Thoughts Are Free : Poems and Prose on Imprisonment and Exile “. My heart filled with deep sadness…. .Looking at them, from their ages of 20 till today in their late 50,60,70 and early 80. For centuries, their justice still is being denial. Looking at them, I deeply solute to these courage human kind.(http://sloone.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/our-thoughts-are-free/)

I can deeply feel and understand them, I was also being arrested and detained for few times for even only few days in prison .But, it is enough for me to feel how cruelty and inhuman can be when we kept inside a prison, When the justice is not there for us and being treated alike animal. The imprisonment caused me so much pains and sufferings today, especially affected my current stage of physical health. Hence, I can imagine, for those who had experienced through even more abusive ISA detention, the impacts of the detention is definately far more worse then me.

ISA had been used from the year 1960 till today almost 39 years to suppress all the dissidents voices both in Malaysia and Singapore by both the Barsian Nasional and PAP ruling regimes. . It is a cruelty to let such anti humanity law still exist on this earth. Honestly speaking, I cannot see the law will be repealed if the countries are still ruled by these cruet regimes in this earth. Or we can say no power to be and anti human rights regime will repeal such laws that can make them forever in power by suppressing dissenting voices. We need a better governance that can truly care, love and sincere to serve their people.

In the same times, we need to ensure the ISA to be abolished that will ensure no any power to be can ever misuse it.

Abolish ISA ! No more IKUT SUKA AKU !

17 May 2009
Kuala Lumpur

5 Responses to “ISA : “IKUT SUKA AKU”!?”

  1. Gadfly Says:

    “… the amount of mental and emotional torture was beyond words…It was too cruel to tell other human fellows…”

    Yet, it speaks volumes about the darkness of our history and state power.

    What is so unspeakable is the humiliation inflicted on survivors of sadistic torture.

    Our society needs healing and awakening from the illusion of violence and malignant aggression.

    link:

    http://www.torturecare.org.uk/quicklinks/1840

    • trinleychodron Says:

      Many thanks for your kind feedback.

      Wish that more buddhists writers will be joining new blog we are planning to do. The Dharma for change, the path of Bodhisatva. It is a new blog aim to share how the dharma, sangha and buddhas in the past and now had engaged their teachings and actions for the betterment change on the society. We wish more writeres will join us to write share these views. Would you be keen? please email : trinleychodron@gmail.com

  2. K V Says:

    I like your blog. Articles are well written and given a good Buddhist perspective. Well done. I have linked you onto my blog list. gassho!

    • trinleychodron Says:

      Many thanks for your kind feedback. I also like those writtings on your blog :-). thanks to link my blog also.
      Wish that more buddhists writers will be joining new blog we are planning to do. The Dharma for change, the path of Bodhisatva. It is a new blog aim to share how the dharma, sangha and buddhas in the past and now had engaged their teachings and actions for the betterment change on the society. We wish more writeres will join us to write share these views. Would you be keen? please email : trinleychodron@gmail.com

  3. “Our thoughts are free” « *SUSAN LOONE’s Blog* Says:

    [...] on 21 may 2009: you can read some observations from a participant at the reading [...]

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