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. 'We are not tortured in Kamunting ... we were arrested, held elsewhere and suffered abuse and only later sent to Kamunting for rehabilitation,' said Zainon Ismail, a Malaysian veteran of the mujahedeen war against the former Soviet Union in Afghanistan, who has been in detention since June 2000. 'We are not animals in a zoo for the government to show us off,' he said. Another detainee said: 'We want to be freed. I was stripped naked and kicked in the chest and slapped many times and asked how I make love to my wife.' The camp, currently housing 104 detainees, was severely criticised as a Malaysian equivalent to Iraq's infamous Abu Ghraib prison by the New York-based Human Rights Watch last week. Deputy Internal Security Minister Noh Omar strongly rejected the charges and allowed reporters into Kamunting to prove a point. However, reporters were not allowed to question detainees yesterday. Photographers and camera phones were banned. Many detainees have alleged they were beaten and abused to extract a confession during the 60 days they were held in solitary confinement under the controversial Internal Security Act. The opposition and rights activists want the government to either charge the detainees or free them. Mr Noh said the government does not tolerate torture and would act against any office that broke the law.