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Petition to free RPK, Teresa & all ISA detainees
September 19, 2008

I’ve signed the petition.

If you haven’t please click the image below, read the petition and sign it, please, and then get all your family and friends to do the same.

Posted by Haris Ibrahim
Filed in People Power

Hartal ISA on standby mode : Update
September 19, 2008

I had said that those planning the Hartal ISA effort would monitor developments today and then revert to you.

We have received certain reliable information today which suggests that we might begin to see a way through the current impasse in trying to resolve the question of who in fact commands the confidence of the majority in Parliament.

That is not to say that the obstacles to Pakatan Rakyat’s route to Putrajaya have all fallen by the wayside.

Far from it.

For that reason, I hope you will understand that I am unable to divulge here details of and the nature of the reliable information that we have received. I wish I could give you more details but I really can’t.

All I can say at this juncture is that earnest efforts are underway to take our hopes of seeing BN toppled at the earliest possible closer to becoming a reality. And these efforts appear to be bearing fruit.

As you might well expect, those who stand to lose the most when PR come to power are still working to undermine those efforts.

We’ve been informed that MPs from Sabah and Sarawak are being hindered in their attempts to book flights to Semenanjung. All kinds of threats are being issued to intimidate these MPs. However, earnest efforts are underway to help those MPs make their way here.

It has also been indicated to us that notwithstanding Pak Lah’s statement that there is no reason for him to resort to the detention and arrest of Anwar, this cannot as yet be totally discounted.

My friends and I feel that, for now, Hartal ISA must still remain in standby mode whilst we continue to monitor ongoing developments flowing from those ongoing efforts.

My friends and I ask you to please be patient, to continue to be ready to move should it become necessary to call Hartal ISA into action, and to continue in your efforts to disseminate information of our possible Hartal ISA effort.

I will try to bring any new developments to your attention as and when I receive information of the same.

By the way, someone in one of their comments yesterday asked if I really believed that Anwar has the requisite numbers to pull this off.

Simply put, yes.

And Pak Lah and UMNO know this too.

Posted by Haris Ibrahim
Filed in People Power

Hartal ISA on standby mode : Many hands make light work
September 19, 2008

“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” - Mahatma Gandhi


Michelle Yoon’s contribution to the Hartal ISA effort, all the way from NZ : sms’s you can use to alert friends about the effort.

‘Pls be on standby for a Hartal against the ISA - a general strike where everyone stays home. When we launch this, we need everyone to be with us. Spread this to your friends. Let us be free from the ISA.’

‘Silalah bersedia utk melancarkan Hartal membantah p’gunaan ISA – pemogokan umum dimana semua hanya duduk di rumah. Apabila dilancarkan, kita perlukan kerjasama drpd semua. Sebarkan kpd rakan-rakan. Marilah kita bebas dari ISA.’

‘请准备为表示反对内安法令而罢工 - 一个和平的方式表达人民的不满。当我们进行这活动的时候,我们需要所有人的参与和支持。把这信息传发给朋友们。让我们不再受内安法令的恐吓。’

Posted by Haris Ibrahim
Filed in People Power

A Call for Synchronized Action To Help RPK
September 19, 2008

‘It pains me to think someone who upholds justice with peaceful means is arrested without trial. I think the nation is crying for you. We cry, but we shall be calm, and find ways to prevail.

I would like to propose a synchronized action to help RPK as well as to advance the people power for a stronger civil society…’ - Shiou Loh

Read about the gameplan HERE

Posted by Haris Ibrahim
Filed in People Power

Hartal ISA : Teresa Kok released
September 19, 2008

Malaysiakini has the report HERE.

She was released at 1pm today and is expected to hold a press conference at 3.30pm at the DAP headquarters at PJ.

Another 64 detainees to go.

And still every reason to Hartal ISA.

Posted by Haris Ibrahim
Filed in People Power

Hartal ISA on standby mode
September 19, 2008

I was at the PKR press con yesterday afternoon. The full text of Anwar’s press statement may be read HERE.

Some of you wanted to sight the letter sent by the PR leadership day before yesterday to Pak Lah seeking a meeting to judge for yourselves whether Pak Lah or Anwar was fibbing about the letter referring to the ‘transition of power’. A copy of that letter, in pdf, is linked below.


Most of you who responded to the ‘…we, the rakyat will Hartal ISA…’ have firmly committed to support the Hartal ISA initiative, and have urged that it be launched,

My friends who are involved in this effort and I are grateful for the encouragement and the pledges of support that we have received.

Many of you have rightly pointed out that this initiative will require meticulous planning. That is being undertaken even as I write this.

Some of you have written in to say that you are not quite sure what ‘hartal’ entails.

Let me try and illustrate what we have in mind this way.

I first posed the question whether we should Hartal ISA on 14th September.

To my surprise, on that very day, i got an e-mail from Fahmi Reza, the man who gave us the documentary, ‘Sepuluh Tahun Sebelum Merdeka’ to say that he ’sokong cadangan kau untuk rakyat adakan Hartal pada 16 Sept nanti!’ and ‘Aku akan hasilkan lebih banyak graphic dan post dalam blog 10tahun nanti’.

Fahmi, if you are reading this, I must apologise because in the madness that had engulfed us all in the days following immediately after the ISA detentions on 12th September, I overlooked to reply to your e-mail to say that we had not settled on the date of 16th September, let alone whether to go through with Hartal ISA.

And Fahmi went ahead and had his own Hartal on 16th September.

This is what he wrote in his blog on 16th September :

‘Hari ini aku berhartal. Maksudnya dari jam 6 pagi tadi sampai ke 12 tengahmalam nanti, aku ambil bahagian dalam satu tindakan mogok dan general stoppage of work.

Ertinya aku…
…tak keluar bekerja
…tak naik bas
…tak naik LRT
…tak bawa motor
…tak pergi pasar
…tak keluar beli suratkhabar
…tak pergi shopping
…tak beli apa-apa barang
…tak keluar makan
…tak keluar tengok wayang
…tak keluar lepak dengan kawan-kawan
…batalkan semua temujanji aku hari ni
…terpaksa cancel interview dengan media untuk cakap pasal Revolusi ‘48
…tak pergi acara sambutan Hari Malaysia hari ni
…tak pergi candle-light vigil malam nanti
…tak pergi parti housewarming kawan malam nanti

Aku hanya duduk kat rumah”

Please take some time out to read the rest of what Fahmi had to say on his 916 Hartal HERE.

I think Fahmi has succinctly described what we will all be doing if and when Hartal ISA is launched. If each of us could keep to Fahmi’s summary of what he did on 916, we would each have successfully done our part for Hartal ISA.

So why is Hartal ISA on standby mode?

Let me explain this by first alluding to what Anwar said at the press con yesterday afternoon, what’s happened since, take on board some rumours and some reliable info and then lend my attempt to try and fill in some of the blanks arising from what Anwar did not say at the press con.

You’ve all read all the reports by now about the request that has been sent to Pak Lah that an emergency sitting of the Dewan Rakyat be convened next Tuesday, 23rd September.

To questions as to what Pakatan Rakyat would do if Pak Lah rejects outright this request as he did with the earlier request for a meeting, Anwar resorted to the standard ‘PR leadership will meet to consider the next course of action’ or something like that. Pressed further, Anwar acknowledged that seeking an audience with the Agong in such eventuality was certainly an option that would be contemplated.

As expected, last night, Pak Lah dismissed the request for the emergency sitting of Dewan Rakyat as being unnecessary.

So what now?

Based on info received, it is understood that PR has already requested for an audience with His Majesty and hope to be given that audience some time today.

Now I speculate.

If that audience takes place today, Anwar is expected to lead a delegation who will now formally appraise His Majesty of the crisis of governance at hand : a federal government led by one who no longer has the confidence of the majority of MPs and to further formally inform His Majesty that Anwar now has the confidence of a majority of those same MPs.

Still speculating.

His Majesty having been so appraised of and presumably made privy to the numbers and names of MPs who are said to have crossed over from BN to PR, may summon Pak Lah. Pak Lah can be expected to dispute the assertion by PR.

I’m still speculating.

His Majesty may seek legal advice as to how to resolve this crisis. He may well be advised that a vote on a motion of no confidence in the Dewan Rakyat may well conclusively resolve the question of who has the confidence of the majority of the MPs : Pak Lah or Anwar?

His Majesty might also be advised that pursuant to Article 55(1) of the Federal Constitution, His Majesty is empowered to summon Parliament.

One last speculation.

His Majesty, with a view to resolving this crisis, may direct that an emergency sitting of Parliament ( or more specifically, the Dewan Rakyat ) be convened to enable the issue of the confidence or otherwise in Pak Lah’s leadership be resolved by a vote on an appropriate motion. This may or may not be set for the date as requested by PR.

My friends who are working on the Hartal ISA effort and I feel that we should put on hold any call to Hartal ISA for now whilst we monitor any and all developments in the next 12 hours, unless rumours that were rife last night that the detention of Anwar was imminent turn out to be true.

If Anwar is detained as is now rumoured, my friends and I will urge that Hartal ISA be launched immediately whilst we collaborate with other friends in civil society on any other appropriate action that might be taken in those circumstances.

We are now working to lay the groundwork to take Hartal ISA as far and as wide as possible, if and when it should be launched.

Whilst we are in standby mode, you could do your part in trying to make this effort more effective if and when it is launched.

Start spreading word of this to your friends, colleagues and family members. Explain to them why it might be launched. Help to ge them all in standby mode.

Could we have sample sms’s in English, BM, Mandarin and Tamil sent in so that these may be put up for people to use if and when the effort is launched, please?

Posted by Haris Ibrahim
Filed in People Power

Are you on this list?
September 18, 2008

‘Open up. I’ve got news for you’, shrieked lil hummingbird outside.

‘Go away. People don’t believe you after your ‘RPK on hunger strike’ false alarm’, I chided.

‘What’s wrong with you people? Is RPK not eating? Is RPK not in a bad way? Does it matter that he’s not on strike but possibly avoiding food served him because he’s concerned about what’s in it? What’s wrong with you people?’

Realising that to-date I’ve have yet to win any argument with this pesky bird, I relented and let him in.

‘Karma, just retribution, an eye for an eye, shylock’s pound of flesh, call it what you want, but word out there is that in the run-up to the impending takeover by Pakatan, many in the civil service, the police, the judiciary, the prosecution have gone beyond the call of duty to frustrate Pakatan’s march to Putrajaya.

‘They may not know it but they are all being noted. Lists are being drawn up. A senior civil servants list, a list of senior police officers, a judges list. Lists and more lists.

‘And when Pakatan finally gets to Putrajaya, justice will be done.

‘A tribunal will be lawfully established to to try these opponents of democracy, these traitors who reneged on their duty to serve the rakyat and instead embroiled themselves in illegalities to pander to their BN masters.

‘They know who they are. Pakatan know too.

‘They plot now. Pakatan are plotting too’.

Posted by Haris Ibrahim
Filed in Taking back our country

Pakatan Rakyat, see the Agong now! And we, the rakyat, will Hartal ISA to support you! Err, will we?
September 17, 2008

‘Today, I received many phone calls from concerned friends who told me that the government is considering detaining me under the Internal Security Act ‘very soon’. If that does happen, then this could probably be the last article I write, at least until 16 September 2008. So I too need Anwar to succeed. If not I will be in Kamunting for quite some time to come and you will not hear from me over the next couple of years.

Yes, I too have placed, not only my money, but also my freedom on Anwar. And if Anwar fails to deliver his promise on 16 September 2008, not only he but I as well am headed for a fall. But I have confidence he will do it. And I have confidence that my stay in Kamunting will not be for two years but for a mere two weeks.

But if I am wrong…..well, then see you maybe in six or seven years time, because for sure Najib Tun Razak will not release me in 2010 when he becomes Prime Minister. What he would do, instead, would be to rollover my two-year detention another two years, and another two years, and another two years, until I am too old to think and write anymore.

Till we meet again, if we do meet again, take care and keep the flame burning. There is still a long fight ahead of us in bringing reforms to this beloved country of ours’ - RPK, in his ‘High stakes poker game or gunfight at the OK Corral?’ post of 6th September.


There were 103 responses to my ‘So, do we Hartal ISA?’ post.

Most of you were in favour of such an effort.

My friends and I are ready to try and push for a Hartal ISA soon.

We need to know that you would be with us both in partaking in this Hartal ISA and in helping to spread the word by sms.

Why don’t you take time to read the rest of this post, then send a comment in to let us know if we should move this effort.

You decide if we move to Hartal ISA.


Many of you freaked out after reading my ‘RPK in danger…’ post.

And many sighed a huge a sigh of relief after my ‘Access to RPK allowed’.

Well, if you read Marina Lee’s account of her meeting with RPK, you’ll know that we have every reason to still be concerned. More so, in fact.

That RPK is not eating appears to be clear.

Hunger strike?

Marina was quoted by Malaysiakini as first saying that RPK had lost weight and then added :

“He told me that he is not on a hunger strike. However, he did not tell me whether or not he is eating. I’m not sure what to make it of it…before he said he was not on a hunger strike but…”

Daughter Sara is quoted in the same Malaysiakini report as first saying that RPK had described food being served him as ‘pig food’ and then adding:

“He is in very bad shape. He looks very pale. We will be talking to the lawyers to see if we can do something about all this”

He can’t stand the food?

Or he has concerns about the safety of the food?

Lawyers have filed the habeas corpus application. That’s now fixed for hearing on 26th September. I understand that there will be an attempt to bring the hearing date forward, but we must still anticipate all sorts of delays creeping in.

Is there nothing else the rest of us can do? Just wait?

On 9th September, RPK wrote in ‘Hari Reformasi, the day of a new dawn’ :

‘…while Umno may not have the three million members it claims to have and while the military is not about to go on a rampage, we must not discount the possibility that certain irresponsible people who are frustrated that they are no longer in power may attempt to trigger race riots. And Anwar must guard against this. And if it is necessary to delay the takeover a couple more weeks or so just to ensure that these elements can be dealt with before they start their evil deeds then so be it. A delay of one month is no big deal if this can guarantee peace and stability.

This is all Malaysians ask from Anwar and nothing more than that. Guard against anything untoward happening. Only when the coast is clear should you make your move. There should be no bloodshed and loss of life. And ask the Malays in the opposition to come out in defence of their non-Malay brothers and sisters and warn the Umno Malays, in no uncertain terms, that they take to the streets at the risk of facing fellow Malays from the opposition who will defend their non-Malay brethren to the last drop of their blood. I, for one, am ready to stand by my Chinese and Indian comrades. So let Umno be warned.’


The detention, on 12th September of both


is, in my view, unique in the history of the use of the ISA by successive BN governments.

I say unique because, unlike earlier ISA detentions, that of RPK and Teresa was at the hands of a ‘government’ which, for all intents and purposes, was a ‘pretender’ to the throne. Pak Lah’s administration had, by the date of those detentions, lost all legitimacy to govern and to use the powers of state, including that under the ISA.

By that date, sufficient MPs had entered into accord to crossover to Pakatan so that Pak Lah no longer could legitimately claim to enjoy the confidence of the majority in Parliament.

Unfortunately, Pak Lah cannot be expected to do the decent thing and resign from office or to ask His Majesty to dissolve Parliament and call for fresh elections.

And there is no reason to believe that Pak Lah’s administration will be in a hurry to release both RPK and Teresa. Or any of the other ISA detainees.

With Pakatan Rakyat, though, we are entitled to expect that they would release all ISA detainees upon taking over federal power.

At the Hari Malaysia celebrations on 15th September at Kelana Jaya, Anwar said that Pakatan Rakyat have more than the requisite numbers and that they’ve written to Pak Lah for a meeting to, amongst others, discuss a smooth and peaceful transition of power, and that when Pakatan takes over power at federal level, they will release all political detainees held under the ISA.

All these 20,000+ people heard it at Kelana Jaya on 15th September.

At the PKR press con yesterday, Anwar clarified that the letter despatched to Pak Lah also sought assurances from him that :

1) BN would not prevent BN MPs from acting in accordance with their conscience, constitutional rights and independent judgment;

2) the BN government would not invoke the Internal Security Act to detain any MPs who opt to join Pakatan Rakyat, or any of the present 82 Pakatan Rakyat MPs;

3) the BN government would not invoke emergency or police powers, or suspend the constitution, or dissolve parliament in response to Pakatan’s move to form a new federal government;

4) the BN government would not impose roadblocks and impede the MPs from gaining access to Parliament and the institutions of government.

Anwar further clarified that they would give Pak Lah some time to revert and if Pak Lah does not respond positively to this Pakatan overture, they would then take the matter to the Agong.

Malaysiakini reports that Pak Lah has responded to say that he would not meet Anwar.

“If he really has the list of MPs, he should just reveal it, and need not wait to meet me. He does not have the list. He is a liar”, Pak Lah is reported to have said.

Has not Pak Lah already spoken?

Should not Pakatan now take this matter to His Majesty without any further delay?

A Malaysiakini report today speculates on the possibility of Pak Lah’s regime moving to detain Anwar under the ISA.

This is based on Pak Lah saying that Anwar has ‘become a threat to the economy and possibly (national) security’.

On being asked what action he might take, Pak Lah is said to have replied:

‘I will not indicate what plan I will take, what I do will be in the best interests of the people and the country’

We all know that the biggest threat to our economy has been Pak Lah himself.

As for those who are a threat to national security, one need look no further than the UMNO leadership and their rank and file to identify these.

Add to this the arrest of Kickdefella this evening and what are we looking at?

Intimidation by a regime that no longer has the legitimate right to rule, in the hope that we will be silenced and bullied into inertia?

What do we do in the face of this?

What should Pakatan Rakyat do?


If it has not done so already, I think Pakatan Rakyat should, without any further delay, take this matter of Pak Lah’s loss of confidence of the majority in Parliament to the Agong.

The leadership of Pakatan Rakyat must impress upon His Majesty that the majority of the rakyat desire a change in governance, with the removal of PakLah and his BN regime and its replacement with a Pakatan Rakyat government under the leadership of Anwar.

What can we, the rakyat, do?

Hartal ISA?

We hartal to demonstrate our abhorrence for the ISA, to demand for the immediate release of all ISA detainees, and to register our support for the Pakatan Rakyat’s claim to a legitimate right to govern.

Pakatan Rakyat, will you move now?

People, will you hartal?

Posted by Haris Ibrahim
Filed in Taking back our country

Kickdefella arrested!
September 17, 2008

Malaysiakini reports that Syed Azidi aka Kickdefella was arrested in Kota Baru today.

His wife is reported to have said that she was informed that his arrest was in relation to an alleged offence under the Sedition Act, based on a police report lodged in Kuala Lumpur.

Now if you were the authorities, and would like to use the ISA, but had just received a whacking over the last few days for the use of the ISA on Sin Chew’s Tan, Teresa and RPK, what would you do if you still wanted to take a few ‘noisy’ people into custody so that you could then go about the business of neutering your adversary’s efforts to pull the rug from under your feet and seize power?

If I was that authority, I would arrest those ‘noisy’ people under the Sedition Act or any other convenient law and got as long a remand period as possible.

Posted by Haris Ibrahim
Filed in Free the people

Daulat Tuanku! Daulat Tuanku! Daulat Tuanku!
September 17, 2008

Yesterday, at around 4pm, your petition to His Majesty the Yang DiPertuan Agong, bearing more than 25,700 signatures, was delivered into the hands of a palace official.

May God continue to bless His Majesty with compassion and wisdom and the strength to rule justly.

Posted by Haris Ibrahim
Filed in Return the judiciary to the rakyat

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