Majlis Pelancaran buku Sengsara Kem Kamunting: Kisah Hidup dalam Penjara ISA, 7:30 mlm, 3hb Mei 2011

DENGAN anjuran bersama Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) dan Civil Rights Committee, KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (CRC), Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD) akan melancarkan buku Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor kawasan Hulu Kelang YB Saari Sungib, yang bertajuk Sengsara Kem Kamunting: Kisah Hidup dalam Penjara ISA. Dijemput semua teman dan pelanggan untuk hadir ke majlis pelancaran bagi memeriahkan lagi majlis tersebut di samping melibatkan diri dalam diskusi ‘Siapa di belakang ISA?’

Tarikh : Selasa, 3hb Mei 2011
Masa : 7.30mlm – 10.30mlm
Tempat: Dewan Seminar Tingkat 2, KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall,
No.1, Jalan Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur. (Sebelah Stesen Monorail Maharajelela)

– Kata-kata aluan GMI
– Ucapan oleh Pengulas Buku YB Chang Lih Kang (ADUN Perak kawasan Teja)
– Pelancaran Rasmi dan Penyampaian Cenderamata

Diskusi Panelis: Siapa di belakang ISA?
Ahli Panel:
1) S. Arutchelvan (Setiausaha Agung Parti Sosialis Malaysia, PSM)
2) Hishamuddin Rais (Aktivis Sosial, Seni dan Penulis)
3) YB Nurul Izaah Anwar (Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, KL)

– Penjualan buku dan tandatangan.

Sengsara Kem Kamunting ditulis menurut getaran hati dan denyutan perasaan Saari sebagai seorang yang telah dibebaskan daripada penahanan akta kejam ISA. Buku ini merakamkan imbauan pengalaman penulis dan rakan-rakan bagi tahun pertama ditahan ISA, iaitu dari April 2001 hingga April 2002.

Ia mengenang apa yang dilalui semasa berada di bawah tahanan SB selama dua bulan sebelum penulis dihantar ke Kem Kamunting. Penulis berkongsi perihal apa yang dilalui, dirasai, direnungi dan pengalaman-pengalaman orang lain yang dihayati, khususnya pengalaman mereka yang melalui nasib sama dipenjarakan atas motif politik.

Ia merakamkan dengan terperinci pengalaman penulis dan rakan-rakan melancarkan mogok lapar sempena tahun pertama ditahan di bawah ISA. Buku ini tamat sebaik sahaja ia mengkisahkan bagaimana kempen mogok lapar berakhir.
Sebarang persoalan sila hubungi Chong Ton Sin 016-379 7231 @ SK Chua 019-352 3864 @ Cik Nalini 019-375 8912 @ Secreatariat GMI atau 03-7784 3525

Tolong sebarkan jemputan ini kepada rakan-rakan anda!


Praises for book:

Actions to focus public attention on the costs of military spending and the need for new priorities need to be grounded in solid research, and it is in this respect that the present work is so helpful. Kua Kia Soong is a writer and activist with a long record of investigation into important issues. He has now produced another courageous work…


– Colin Archer, Secretary General of the International Peace Bureau


For too long, the military has been spared public scrutiny under the guise of ‘national security’.  Kua’s well researched book is bound to ignite public debate and outrage. It confirms that major policy shifts are needed, both in terms of transparency as well as a paradigm shift in how we think of security. A must read!


– Premesh Chandran, CEO Malaysiakini

About The Book:

This latest book by Dr Kua Kia Soong is a bombshell! It is about bombs and shells carried by jet fighters, helicopters, submarines and other weapons of war, all bought with Malaysian taxpayers’ money. And it is a lot of money! The 10th Malaysian Plan has allocated RM23 billion for defence & security while, in contrast, the savings from the latest withdrawal of subsidies was less than RM1 billion.

This book is the first serious inquiry into Malaysia’s defence policy and defence spending since Independence. It contains the A to Z of Malaysia’s arms industry and spending, from the unanswered questions surrounding the murder of Altantuya…to the high incidence of accidents involving the Sikorsky Nuri helicopters.

Kua has been monitoring the arms trade since the Seventies and what is significant about this book is that it brings together in one volume, the key issues and events connected with defence spending in Malaysia. From a range of published sources, he unearths the vested interests, corruption, wastage and negligence in arms procurement and alerts us to the growth of the domestic military-industrial complex. Malaysians are called upon to seriously consider the question of war and peace; the justifications for arms procurements; procedures of accountability and the choice of alternative socially useful production.

The ‘Arms for Aid Scandal’ contains revelations in the British press on the RM5 billion arms deal in 1994 and is published here for the first time, while the statutory declarations of private investigator Balasubramaniam in the Altantuya murder case can also be read in this groundbreaking book. This book is certainly his best work yet!

MAP: Venue


Date: Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Time: 7.30 pm – 10.30 pm
Venue: KL and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH), Kuala Lumpur.

Dear friends and colleagues,

This year is the 23rd anniversary of mass arrests and detentions using the dreaded Internal Security Act. History witnessed the arrest of 106 Malaysians under Operation Lalang and 22 Singaporeans under Operation Spectrum.

To re-examine this significant era, Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD), Abolish ISA Movement (GMI) and Civil Rights Committee (CRC-KLSCAH) are organising the launch of TWO books by ex-ISA detainees:
• Beyond the Blue Gate: Recollections of a Political Prisoner by Teo Soh Lung
• 445 Days Under The ISA: Operation Lalang, 1987-89 by Dr Kua Kia Soong
During this function, we will have a discussion on the theme “In Retrospect of Operation Lalang-Spectrum: Re-Examination of Malaysia’s & Singapore’s 23 Years of Civil Rights & Social Movement in Post-Operation Lalang-Spectrum Era”. We are honoured to have Teo Soh Lung, Dr Kua Kia Soong and Hishamuddin Rais with us on the panel of speakers.

Every distinguished social activist and friends from both countries are welcome to attend this retrospective discussion.

Welcoming speech

Official book launch & speech
– YB Dr Nasir Hashim
– YB Saari Sungib

Panel discussion
– Teo Soh Lung
– Dr Kua Kia Soong
– Hishamuddin Rais
Moderator: Maria Chin Abdullah

Book sale and signing

Calling ex-ISA detainees of Operation Lalang & Operation Spectrum.
Please come for this special gathering.

Launch of SUARAM’s Malaysia Human Rights Report 2009: Civil and Political Rights

SUARAM is pleased to invite you to the launch of SUARAM’s Malaysia Human Rights Report 2009: Civil Political Rights. The launch will be held at the following:

Date: 21 July 2010 (Wednesday)
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm (Lunch will be provided after the event)
Venue: Mandarin Court Hotel, 55 Jalan Maharajalela, 50150 Kuala Lumpur.
(Near the Selangor & Kuala Lumpur Chinese Assembly Hall. Please follow this link for the location map of the hotel:
Kindly confirm your attendance with John Liu at 03-77843525 / 77835724 or [email protected] by 19 July 2010. We look forward to seeing you there.

About SUARAM’s Malaysia Human Rights Report 2009: 
Civil and Political Rights
When Najib Razak succeeded Abdullah Badawi as the Prime Minister of Malaysia in April 2009, he promised reforms in response to the growing demands for action to implement human rights compliance and democracy.
This promise did not materialise. Instead, the year saw a massive crackdown on the freedoms of speech, expression and assembly, with close to a thousand people arrested for peaceful forms of protest, signalling an increased level of intolerance shown by the Najib government towards dissent as compared to that of his predecessor.
2009 saw the biggest anti-Internal Security Act (ISA) rally to date and it forced the government to announce a review of the draconian legislation. Nonetheless, more than one thousand individuals remained in detention without trial.
At the international level, the government’s record on human rights deteriorated with at least two high-profile reports in 2009 highlighting the collusion of government authorities in the trafficking of refugees at the Malaysia-Thailand border. When Malaysia’s human rights record was reviewed by the United Nations in 2009, most recommendations and criticisms by the international community were rejected by the government.
Consistent with its record since 1998, this edition of SUARAM’s Annual Human Rights Report on Malaysia documents the trends and cases of human rights violations in the country, as well as the struggles of the Malaysian peoples and human rights defenders in 2009.