29 Dec '13, 7am

Flashback: The 2001 ISA arrests

Invigorated by strong public support, Malaysian civil society and opposition political parties, including the newly formed KeADILan, or Justice Party, led by Anwar’s wife, Dr Wan Azizah Ismail, pressed vocally for Anwar’s release. In response, Mahathir again turned to the ISA to cut short the public protests over Anwar’s continued detention in April 2001. Over a two-week period, the government hauled in ten high-profile activists, most of them members of KeADILan. Those arrested included human rights activist Badaruddin Ismail; Raja Petra Raja Kamaruddin, director of the Free Anwar Campaign website; social activist and former student leader Hishamuddin Rais; and senior KeADILan leaders N Gobalakrishnan, Tian Chua Chang, Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor, Saari Sungib, Dr Badrul Amin Bahron, Abdul Ghani Haron, and Lokman Noor Adam. The government claimed that the KeADILan activists wer...

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