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Saturday, May 08, 2004


Torture of Iraqis terrible

Who was it who said the above? Almost all of us would agree with him that the recently reported torture and humiliation of Iraqi prisoners were terrible, horrible and inhuman.
But what does he have to say when it was happening in his own backyard, the torture of ISA detainees during his 22 years in power, the death of prisoners and detainees in police custody and of course Anwar's black eye and assault soon after being arrested? The physical, mental and spiritual tortures these detainees were subjected are mentioned in accounts and affidavits given by these detainees as well as in books like "Two Faces" which was written by Syed Husin Ali. An eye-witness account of Anwar's arrest can be read here. See this Malaysiakini article for the many indignities suffered by the ISA detainees, many of which are similar to those suffered by the Iraqis.
While good at passing judgement on the acts of others, is that same person willing to similarly condemn all that needs condemning during his watch? If not then he should not assume the moral highground and pass judgement on others. Similarly it goes for our present PM, he may talk about integrity and the setting up of a National Integrity Institute, would he like to take a look at the mirror. Syed Husin Ali when commenting on Pak Lah's advice to the US and British troops to stop such torture treatment of Iraqi prisoners, has this to say, "Your criticisms of the US and Britain will sound hollow if you do not follow them up with appropriate actions on happenings behind our own backyard."
The latest to join in the condemnation of the Iraqi torture and humiliation is none other then our DPM. Bernama carried this headline :: "Apology Alone Not Enough," Says Najib. The following are excerpts of some interesting statements made by our morally upright DPM ::
"Those involved should be severely punished but the overall treatment of prisoners should also be reviewed by the US government," he told reporters after launching the Tun Razak Youth Leadership Awards Programme 2004 here.
"If we want to act in international relations and convice other people to accept our views, we must first have moral conviction that other countries can respect.
"If we, as a country, lose our moral values, and other people don't respect us, it's difficult for us to play a role in helping to resolve conflicts and so forth," he said.

All i have to say is that "people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" and "those who have thrown stones have no reasons to complain when others do." It looks like our leaders are ever ready to condemn others and not themselves.


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