‘No time for love if they come in the morning
No time to show fear or for tears in the morning
No time for goodbyes, no time to ask why
And the wail of the children is the cry of the morning’
(Adapted by Anne Munro-Kua from Jack Warshaw)
COMMENT | “Anne and I will never forget the night of the 27th October 1987:
Truly, there was no time for love that evening as we were enveloped by an electrifying anticipation and apprehension. I tried to say a meaningful goodnight to six-year-old Hua Ying and two-year-old Bi Hua without saying goodbye. I only managed a tender goodnight to my little ones and my strong woman as we waited in the dark of the foreboding night. ‘Be brave’, we kept reassuring each other.
‘Who can sleep well on a night he thinks he is about to be arrested under the Internal Security Act for the first time?
‘We were alert to the sound of any approaching car. There were various false alarms. Finally, at around two o’clock in the morning of the 28th October, we were awakened by the sound of car doors slamming and activity outside. Anne took a look outside the window. ‘It’s them,’ she said. It was them. They started calling ‘Dr Soong’ and ‘Dr Kua’…” (Kua Kia Soong, ‘445 Days Under the ISA’).
Saturday, 02 Jan 2021 06:02 PM MYT
BY ASHMAN ADAM
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 2 — Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has today called for abuse of the law by the authorities to stop and come to an end, extolling instead a return for rule of law.
In his first posting of 2021 on his blog he wrote that no one should act above the law, no matter how exalted the person’s position is, and that the law is there to protect Malaysians, not used against them.
n his blog post, Dr Mahathir also shared stories or rumours of people being detained for no reason, after comparing Malaysia with issues other countries faced.
“In America a black man was throttled to death by a policeman kneeling with his knee on the neck of the unfortunate man. In France a black man was dragged and beaten by the police.
“But not here in Malaysia. We don’t see these kind of incidents. But there are rumours of people being detained for no reason,” he said.
He cited the case of former Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and several of his friends who were arrested, detained for eight days and yet, no charges have been filed against them.
He also cited several other rumours of persons being detained for no actual reason, saying that powerful people have been pulling strings and seem to be above the law.
“This is Malaysia where we believe in the rule of law. These rumours seem to be contrary to the rule of law if they are true. These are frightening stories. I hope they are not true. I have no evidence to prove they are true. But the rumours keep circulating.
“They tell me not to say anything. It can hurt me. But this is not America. This is Malaysia. The Government must not allow these things to happen,” he said.