Call on Cabinet to stop being mute, blind and deaf to the week-long anniversary hunger strike by the six ISA reformasi activists and their supporters and to place the subject  top of its agenda tomorrow to end the hunger strike


Statement 
- at the Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) media conference  after the visit with  DAP MPs to 15  hunger strikers in solidarity with the anniversary hunger strike by the six ISA reformasi activists at the PAS Headquarters
by Lim Kit Siang

(Petaling Jaya,  Monday):  The anniversary hunger strike by the reformasi activists, Mohamad Ezam Mohamad Nor, Hishamuddin Rais, Chua Tian Chang, Saari Sungib, Badrulamin Bahron and Lokman Noor Adam as well as by hunger strikers outside Kamunting to express solidarity  has entered into the seventh day.  

It is most regrettable that the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad should be able to find the time to try to intervene in  the MCA power struggle between MCA  Team A and Team B factions  led respectively by MCA President, Datuk Seri Dr. Ling Liong Sik and the MCA Deputy President, Datuk Lim Ah Lek before leaving for his visits to Morocco, Libya and Bahrain but he could not spare any time whatsoever for the  anniversary hunger strike by the six ISA reformasi activists and their supporters, demanding that the six should be charged in open court or released immediately as the government has not been able to produce one iota of evidence after one year to substantiate its allegations that the six were involved in a militant plot for the violent overthrow of the Mahathir government.  

The Cabinet cannot continue to be mute, blind and deaf to the week-long   anniversary hunger strike by the six ISA reformasi activists and their supporters and it  should place the subject   top of its agenda tomorrow to end the hunger strike. 

The Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in his capacity as Home Minister, should visit the hunger strikers in the Kamunting Detention Centre and the Cabinet should establish a high-powered task force  to resolve the hunger strike by giving serious consideration to the  demands of the hunger strikers, viz. that the reformasi six  should be given a public trial or released immediately and that Anwar Ibrahim should be allowed to go to Munich, Germany for his acute back ailment operation.  

Malaysia has already an atrocious  international record on democracy and human rights and it should not join the ranks of rogue  countries universally regarded as most  notorious and  infamous for their reckless disregard for the most basic  human rights -  human dignity and life where  hunger strikers suffer irreparable damage to health and sacrifice their lives to  exercise  the ultimate weapon of the oppressed to protest against the most flagrant  abuses and  injustices of  the government-of-the-day.

(16/4/2002)


*Lim Kit Siang - DAP National Chairman