Saturday, April 4, 2009

"Uncle Zorro, Mat Shah is not on the list."

Mat Shah was a technician with Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. He was originally alleged to be KMM member, later alleged to be JI member.

Sent to KDC on 13 June 2002; transferred to an undisclosed police remand centre in KL on 11 June 2004; detention order renewed on 12 June 2004; Federal Court rejects habeas corpus appeal on 2 Feb 2005: files habeas corpus application in Aug 2006. Detention order extended again in June 2006 and yet again in June 2008.

People, take a look at this kid. He is Mat Shah's son Suhaib. Read and study his face and tell me he has no story to tell you..... a story of an eight-year old whose father was snatched away one night in April 2002. On the 18 April it would be Suhaib's 7 years without the comforting embrace that all fathers give to their children to encourage, to console and to assure.

What manner of man or government can orchestrate such a despicable act to sever the bonds between a father and a son. Suhaib is 15 now and in our conversations over the last three years he still cannot understand why the government is afraid to charge his father in court. It is during these adolescent formative years that a child confused is a child damaged.

Laila, over the years has learnt to cope, has learned to be strong, but like all of us she too is human. Her religion, her friends, her son and the GMI cause have kept her focused. But like all of us we have our up days and our down days. We have family....she has a fractured family. Think about it. Pray about it. You owe it to Mat Shah, Laila and young Suhaib.

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