Terrorism in Malaysia

Arbitrary detention out of place in a modern state

Today marks the 54th anniversary of Malaysia's freedom from colonial rule. However, Malaysians find their freedom is still limited by repressive laws, which legalise long periods of detention without charge or trial.

Wednesday, 31 August, 2011, 12:00am

Silence of the dissidents

Fan Yafeng, a respected legal advocate, received a call inviting him to the local police station for a chat.

When he got there, a hood was thrown over his head. He was shoved into a car and taken to an undisclosed place. Fan was forced to sit motionless for more than 10 hours and was beaten if he moved.

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Attempt to quash torture claims

A government attempt to quash accusations of torture in a Malaysian political detention camp by showing reporters around the facility has done little to erase suspicions of prisoner maltreatment.

Detainees had previously told journalists they were tortured at police detention centres before being brought to the Kamunting detention camp.

31 May 2004 - 12:00am

Malaysian travel advisories do not reflect the reality

I wish to draw your attention to the fact that after the September 11 attacks and other terrorist attacks - such as the Bali bomb blasts in October last year and the recent terrorist strikes in Saudi Arabia and Morocco - some countries such as the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, Britain and New Zealand have reviewed and reissued their travel advisories against some countries, includi

9 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Malaysia's security act gets a beating from rights group

'Just take your toothbrush and follow us' is about all police tell detainees when they are arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

8 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Detainees likely to be abused: Amnesty

Amnesty International has expressed concern that the 15 suspected Islamic terrorists arrested in Singapore last month may be subject to 'abusive psychological and physical pressure'.

10 Jan 2002 - 12:00am