Press Statement: 20 May 2011 Deportation of ISA Detainee Abdul Majid Kunji Mohamed: Embarrassment to the country


Press Statement: 20 May 2011

Deportation of ISA Detainee Abdul Majid Kunji Mohamed: Embarrassment to the country!

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) and Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) strongly condemn the deportation of the Abdul Majid Kunji Mohamed alleged of being channeled money and supplying double-purpose engineering equipment to a militant group in the southern Philippines. Abdul Majid was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) on the 6th May 2011 and he was deported back to his country on the 19 May 2011.

SUARAM and GMI regrets that the Home Minister who controls the Police Department, has made decisions to disallow the detainee from seeing respective legal counsels during his 13 days of detention under the section 73 of the draconian ISA. We do not see any security or diplomacy difficulties in allowing the lawyers to perform their duty. The denial of access to legal assistance and the deportation of the detainee without proper trial are totally uncalled for and embarrassing. The government is not even bothered to provide a reasonable answer for their irresponsible actions. This is a typical case of how arrogant the authorities can be when granted absolute power. We view the authorities’ move to deport the detainee as malicious.

We are very concerned about Abdul Majid’s safety as the Singapore government also has a similar Act in their country and we afraid that Abdul Majid who was deported to his country of origin will experience another round of investigations. This is unfair to the detainee who until now, has failed to be produced before a court.

Furthermore, the wife and the children of Abdul Majid still live in Malaysia. We urge the government to take care of the families’ welfare and their daily needs as the government is responsible for making the family’s life miserable without the husband and the children without their father.

SUARAM and GMI recognize the seriousness of the terrorist activities and are of the view that proper measures should be taken to improve the situation. However, these measures must nevertheless be consistent with international human rights standards and norms. Detaining any individuals without trial under the ISA breaches fundamental human rights that are enshrined in, among others, article 9 and 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights –
v “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.” and
v “Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.”

The use of the ISA on the current detainee demonstrates yet again how the state can arbitrarily use this infamous tool on anyone. ISA is a very convenient tool to cover-up real issues and weaknesses of the system.

SUARAM and GMI also reiterate that punishing or detaining people without giving them any opportunity to defend themselves is barbaric. Uncivilized laws that permit detention without trial are a pain of the democratic system and must be abolished. We also demand Abdul Majid to be released immediately or charge him at open court!

Abolish ISA!
Release All the ISA detainees!
Close Down KEMTA!


GMI Secretariat and SUARAM Coordinator

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