Jul 192007
 

Four Days Under the OSA

I was arrested on Friday, the 13th of July at approximately 4.30pm in the carpark basement (B3) of Phileo Damansara I by about four to five policemen.

While originally being taken in for questioning, the police arrested me when I conveyed to them my lawyers advice that I should not accompany the police to their office unaccompanied by legal counsel.

From Phileo Damansara, I was taken to my house where the police confiscated my computer, some CD’s and some documents.

From the moment I was arrested until about 11 pm, I was not allowed to speak to anyone I knew, or inform anybody of my whereabouts.

I later learnt that this caused an immense and completely avoidable amount of stress and anxiety amongst my loved ones.

I was eventually made to understand that I was arrested in connection to accusations made on the internet regarding Datuk Johari Baharum.

The connection to me was based on a comment made on my blog that was made by an anonymous commentor on the 10th of February, 2007.

It was preposterous of the police to suspect me of publishing these accusations based on documents protected by the Official Secrets Act that were supposedly in my possession. There is absolutely nothing even remotely resembling proof to substantiate such claims.

Throughout my detention, the police employed various questioning strategies in what struck me strongly as a concerted attempt to make me admit to things that I had not done.

The police also subjected me to various rounds of questioning between about 5.30pm and 9pm by different police officers who all kept asking me the same questions. I later learnt that questioning at such late hours was in fact illegal.

One of the officers questioning me that evening who refused to identify himself threatened to slap me and throw me across the room.

Not having access to legal counsel, I refused to answer in detail any questions the police posed in their extremely suspicious manner.

The situation worsened on Saturday, the 14th of July.

Despite my repeated appeals to the police officers accompanying me to court to be produced before the magistrate for the remand hearing, they absolutely refused to notify my family or, more importantly, my lawyers that I was to be produced in court.

This caused in me a great deal of undue stress because I feared that I would be forced to face the magistrate without any legal representation.

Entirely by a stroke of luck, a lawyer at the magistrate’s court was able to assist me in contacting my lawyer, R Sivarasa. Had said lawyer not been present, I may have not been given the opportunity to be represented by counsel during my hearing, and my remand order may have been for fourteen days instead of for four.

Even after my lawyer arrived, the police made every possible effort to block me from consulting with my lawyers, denying me extremely basic human rights connected to judicial due process. This even included repeatedly trying to spy and eavesdrop on the conversations I was attempting to have with my lawyers.

After the remand order was allowed, the police continued to pursue the same line of questioning.

Having being advised by my lawyer during my remand hearing not to answer any questions or sign any statements, I refused to answer the increasingly combative line of questioning by the police.

On Saturday itself, a senior officer employed physical means in an attempt to intimidate me into answering their questions. This included shoving me into a chair while I was standing handcuffed.

Although I had stated my intent to exercise my right to silence, and despite my lawyer’s argument that the police had all the evidence they required to investigate me, the police’s insistence on holding me for all four days proved a complete waste of my time and of police resources. I was also made to endure unhygienic and pitifully substandard accommodation in the lockup throughout this time.

All other attempts to pressure and coerce me into providing information under adverse conditions failed. Finally, on Monday, I was allowed to see my family, who conveyed to me fresh advice from my lawyer regarding what information I could provide.

Armed at last with the knowledge that I had been seeking since Friday, I was more than happy to provide all the information I had available to the police.

The entire ordeal for both myself and the police could have been avoided if the police had extended some basic human courtesy and decency in allowing me to consult fully with legal counsel before cooperating with the police, which I was more than happy to do under fair and reasonable circumstances.

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I fear greatly that my arrest despite the non-existent ties between the accusations against Datuk Johari and myself portend badly for Malaysia’s ability to deal with true cyber crime.

The fact that I appear to be the best suspect they could arrest in relation to this case indicates that the police do not understand how the internet works, and are at a complete loss as to how to handle true cyber crime.

In my particular case as well, the government and police appear to be sending a signal that while irresponsible bloggers roam free, responsible bloggers who moderate their comments and put a name to their writing are more likely to end up as targets. This policy could not possibly be more ill formed and counterproductive.

Given certain statements in the press recently, I unfortunately cannot rule out completely that the substandard and rushed nature of this investigation is the result of political meddling and pressure in police affairs.

I am also gravely concerned because as my lawyer pointed out in the remand hearing, arrests should take place at the conclusion of an investigation, and not at the beginning of one. What happened to me is beyond doubt an absolute travesty of this principle.

If the police continue in their attempts to procure information from innocent citizens in bad faith and through questionable means such as by coercing information from individuals isolated from legal counsel and outside support, they will find themselves failing the public in their duty to protect Malaysians from true criminal activity.

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This entire episode smacks of intimidation. Ongoing and unrelenting intimidation towards social activists, internet writers and opposition supporters.

The ranking officer in the unit investigating me even took the time to ‘advise’ me to emulate the example and career trajectories of individuals like Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. The same officer also warned me to be considerate to my parents as I choose my career paths.

While I appreciate the advice, I wish to reiterate here that the causes I have chosen were chosen with due care and consideration, and after thorough analysis of the state of Malaysia’s social and political climate. I love my parents very much, and hate the fact that this episode has caused them such unhappiness. However, my responsibility is also to my future children, and the Malaysia they will inherit.

Any assumptions that my experience will dissuade other activists and citizens of conscience from exerting all our energies in upholding their responsibilities to their parents, their children, and to all of Malaysia are sadly, sadly misplaced.

My time with the police taught me that all the efforts by political parties and civil society to curb the excesses of the police and the government have proven extremely effective.

The police were extremely concerned that they might be portrayed in a bad light after my release, and took a number of steps to ensure that they did not do things that they knew would be taken up and publicised by activists. I am thus extremely grateful for the efforts of those that have fought before me to make Malaysia a more just and secure place for its citizens.

It is impossible to endure an experience such as mine without having one’s fears and discomfort increased, even in one’s own homeland.

The true mark of human strength however is the manner in which we deal with these fears.

I have chosen not to let my fears overcome me, and as a member of KeADILan and other activist groups, I have instead chosen to draw inspiration from those who have walked these paths before me and continue refusing to spare any effort whatsoever in our ongoing endeavours to uphold justice for all throughout the homeland we love.

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Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest, most sincerely heartfelt thanks to every single individual and organisation who voiced their support for me throughout this difficult episode. I know this was especially difficult for all of my family and my girlfriend Soon Li Tsin, but despite their pain, they pulled through in every way imaginable to provide me every strength I needed to overcome.

I am not exaggerating in the least when I say the truly touching support I received carried me through the entire ordeal. To all my guardian angles, once again, thank you truly.

Nathaniel Tan
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Empat Hari Di Bawah OSA

Saya ditahan pada Jumaat, 13 Julai pada lebih kurang 4.30pm di kawasan tempat letak kereta (B3) Phileo Damansara I oleh 3 – 4 orang polis.

Walaupun asalnya dibawa ke balai untuk disoal, saya ditahan apabila memaklumkan kepada polis bahawa saya dinasihati peguam untuk tidak mengikut polis secara sendiri tanpa peguam.

Dari Phileo Damansara, saya dibawa ke rumah saya di mana polis merampas komputer saya, beberapa CD dan beberapa dokumen.

Dari saat saya ditahan sehingga lebih kurang 11pm, saya tidak dibenarkan untuk bercakap dengan mana-mana kenalan saya, atau maklumkan sesiapapun mengenai lokasi saya.

Perkara ini merupakan suatu pengalaman yang pahit dan menderita bagi keluarga dan kawan-kawan saya.

Saya akhirnya dimaklumkan bahawa saya ditahan berkaitan dengan tuduhan yang dibuat di internet ke atas Datuk Johari Baharum.

Kaitan kes ini kepada saya adalah berdasarkan sebuah komen yang dibuat di blog saya oleh seorang yang identitinya tidak diketahui pada 10 Februari, 2007.

Tidak wajar sama sekali pihak polis mensyaki saya menerbitkan tomahan kepada Datuk Johari berasaskan dokumen rahsia rasmi yang disyaki berada dalam kepunyaan saya. Tiada bukti langsung untuk mengesahkan tuduhan ke atas saya tersebut.

Semasa saya ditahan, polis menggunakan pelbagai strategi dalam menyoal siasat saya yang saya percayai adalah percubaan untuk membuat saya mengakui kepada tindakan-tindakan yang saya tidak pernah buat.

Polis juga soal-siasat saya di antara 5.30pm sehingga 9pm oleh anggota-anggota polis yang berbeza tetapi yang semua bertanya soalan yang sama. Selepas dilepaskan, saya dapat tahu bahawa soal-siasat pada waktu tersebut tidak sah di sisi undang-undang.

Satu daripada pegawai yang menyoal saya malam itu dan enggan memberi namanya mengugut untuk melempar saya dan mencampak saya ke seberang bilik.

Oleh kerana tidak dapat berjumpa dengan peguam, saya enggan menjawab secara terperinci mana-mana soalan polis.

Situasi bertambah teruk pada Sabtu, 14 Julai.

Walaupun saya menyeru beberapa kali kepada polis yang mengiringi saya ke mahkamah reman supaya menghubungi peguam dan keluarga saya untuk maklumkan bahawa saya dibawa ke mahkamah, mereka enggan berbuat sedemikian.

Ini menyebabkan saya terasa amat tertekan kerana saya takut akan menghadapi majistret tanpa peguam.

Saya amat bertuah, kerana seorang peguam di mahkamah menolong saya untuk menghubungi peguam saya, R Sivarasa. Jika peguam tersebut tiada di mahkhamah dan sanggup menghubungi Sivarasa, saya mungkin akan direman untuk 14 hari dan bukan 4.

Selepas peguam saya tiba, polis cuba sedaya upaya untuk menghalang saya dari bercakap kepada peguam saya. Dengan itu, mereka mencabuli hak asasi saya yang berkaitan dengan prosedur keadilan. Ini termasuk cubaan untuk mengintip dan curi-curi dengar kepada perbualan antara saya dengan peguam.

Selepas reman dibenarkan, polis meneruskan penyoalsiasatan terhadap saya.

Oleh kerana saya dinasihati oleh peguam saya supaya tidak menjawab mana-mana soalan atau menandatangani apa-apa, saya enggan menjawab soalan-soalan polis yang semakin bersikap aggresif.

Pada hari Sabtu itu, seorang pegawai atasan bersikap kasar terhadap saya ketika menyoal saya. Ini termasuk menolak saya ke dalam kerusi ketika saya berdiri dan digari.

Oleh kerana saya sudah memaklumkan kehendak saya untuk menggunakan hak saya untuk berdiam diri, keputusan polis untuk menahan saya untuk 4 hari tersebut amat membuangkan masa saya dan tenaga kerja polis. Dalam seluruh waktu ini, saya terpaksa bermalam di lokap dalam keadaan yang teruk dan tidak sihat.

Semua percubaan untuk menekan saya sehingga memberi keterangan gagal. Akhirnya, pada hari Isnin, saya dibenarkan menjumpa keluarga saya, yang memaklumkan kepada saya nasihat baru dari peguam mengenai maklumat yang saya boleh beri kepada polis.

Saya seterusnya dengan ringan hati memberi segala keterangan yang diminta oleh polis.

Segala masalah-masalah yang dialami oleh kedua-dua pihak saya dan polis sebenarnya dapat dielakkan sekiranya polis cukup berhemah untuk membenarkan saya berbincang secara bebas dengan peguam saya sebelum memberi keterangan.

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Saya amat khuatir bahawa penahanan saya, walaupun tiada kaitan langsung dengan tuduhan atas Datuk Johari, menunjukkan bahawa PDRM sebenarnya tiada kepakaran yang mencukupi untuk menangani masalah jenayah siber.

Kerajaan dan polis nampaknya memberi isyarat bahawa penulis di internet yang tidak bertanggungjawab dapat berleluasa secara bebas, manakala penulis di internet yang bertanggungjawab dan menggunakan nama sebenar akan menjadi sasaran. Dasar ini langsung tiada asas yang kukuh dan bersifat kounter produktif.

Memandangkan kenyataan dalam akhbar kebelangkan ini, saya malangnya tidak boleh menafikan kemungkinan bahawa cara penyiasatan ini dijalankan secara huru-hara adalah akibat daripada campurtangan politik dan tekanan terhadap urusan polis.

Saya juga amat risau kerana seperti yang dimaklumkan oleh peguam saya semasa di mahkamah reman, penahanan harus dibuat pada hujung sebuah penyiasatan dan bukan pada mulanya. Apa yang terjadi jelas bercanggah dengan prinsip ini.

Jika polis berterus dalam percubaan mereka untuk mendapat maklumat dari rakyat dengan cara-cara yang amat mencurigakan seperti yang saya alami, mereka akan gagal dalam usaha mereka untuk melindungi rakyat Malaysia dari jenayah.

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Peristiwa ini mengandungi terlalu ramai unsur intimidasi – intimidasi terhadap aktivis, penulis internet dan penyokong pembangkang.

Seorang pegawai tinggi dalam unit yang menyiasati saya pun ‘menasihati’ saya supaya mencontohi individu seperti Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. Pegawai tersebut juga memberi amaran supaya menitikberatkan ibubapa saya apabila memilih kerjaya saya.

Walaupun saya menghargai nasihat tersebut dan amat menyayangi ibubapa saya, saya terpaksa juga menitikberatkan masa depan bakal-bakal anak saya serta Malaysia yang akan saya tinggalkan untuk mereka.

Mana-mana anggapan bahawa pengalaman saya akan menakutkan atau melemahkan semangat rakyat yang berjuang untuk menyempurnakan tanggungjawab mereka kepada ibubapa, anak dan kepada semua Malaysia salah sama sekali.

Masa saya dengan polis telah menunjukkan bahawa segala usaha oleh parti-parti politik dan masyarakat mandani untuk membantah keterlaluan polis dan kerajaan telah membuahkan hasil.

Polis amat prihatin terhadap imej mereka selepas saya dibebaskan, dan mengambil langkah supaya tidak melakukan perkara-perkara yang mereka sedar akan dihebohkan oleh aktivis-aktivis. Oleh itu, saya amat berterima kasih kepada usaha-usaha mereka yang telah berjuang sebelum saya untuk menjadikan Malaysia sebuah negara yang adil dan selamat.

Tidak mungkin seseorang mengalami pengalaman sebegini tanpa merasa lebih takut dan tidak selesa, walaupun di tanahair sendiri.

Walaubagaimanapun, tanda sebenar kekuatan insan adalah cara di mana kita pilih untuk hidup dengan ketakutan tersebut.

Saya telah pilih untuk tidak membenarkan rasa takut saya menguasai saya. Sebaliknya, sebagai ahli KeADILan dan rakyat yang sedar, saya telah pilih untuk mencontohi semua mereka yang telah mendahului saya dalam mengambil perjalanan ini dan berusaha sedaya upaya untuk menegakkan keadilan untuk semua di Malayia yang kita cintai.

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Akhirnya, saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih setinggi-tingginya kepada setiap individu dan organisasi yang menyuarakan sokongan mereka untuk saya dalam waktu yang susah ini. Saya sedar bahawa keluarga saya dan teman wanita saya Soon Li Tsin terutamanya amat menderita pada waktu ini, tetapi walaupun dalam keadaan begitu, mereka berjaya menunjukkan penuh sokongan dan inilah yang memberi kekuatan yang diperlukan saya untuk menghadapi ujian ini.

Sokongan yang betul-betul amat mengharukan ini telah mengangkat saya pada setiap tahap kesusahan ini. Kepada semua malaikat yang menjaga saya, sekali lagi, saya ucapkan ribuan terima kasih.

Nathaniel Tan

  76 Responses to “Statement on my Detention (Eng & BM)”

  1. Boss, I was thrown into momentary panic when I tried to view this site and found it unavailable. I thought, Good God, they’ve shut it down! How will I know that Nat is still free and recuperating? Fortunately, it was probably just you posting your eloquent and moving account of the past several days. You have my love and admiration. Keep up the good work.

  2. Nat,
    Good to see you safe again. I heard about your arrest on the Harvard Crimson website, alerted friends and roommates who know you, and followed the story.
    There are a lot of people in the U.S. thankful that you are back in friendly hands again.
    -J. Stevenson
    Leverett House

  3. [...] Four Days Under the OSA Nathaniel Tan [...]

  4. Hm, I always thought that legally an arrest means you are being held with the intent of charging you for some crime; otherwise it is just a detention (i.e. those held under the ISA are not arrested; they are detained). This case seems to be cloudy, since I heard you’re out on bail, which would imply you were arrested. :-{

    Hopefully I can make it for tonight’s bloggers thingy.

  5. Wait, you were remanded under the OSA? The Official Secrets Act, not the ISA? O_o Why OSA?

  6. Hey Nat,
    glad you made out ok.
    Big B@lls you have there. ;)

    we should meet up for an overdued jam session :D

    Cheers.

  7. You should send a copy of this statement to Amnesty International, SUARAM, UN Council for Human Rights, all NGOs, Transparency International, all foreign media, CNN, BBC etc etc to understand the plight of ordinary citizen like yourself. Continue with your good work, knowing fully well, we shall always stand-by you!

  8. What they do is a blessing in disguise for you.Wish you
    the best of luck.Hope our fellow Malaysian understood
    what Democratic means.Malaysia Boleh!!!!

  9. Hi Nat.. firstly, great that you’ve been released from your unnecessary detention.

    I’m glad that you emerged from this ordeal, for the most part, unscathed, and that the experience has strengthened you in in your determination to right the wrongs that plague our beloved Malaysia.

    As many silent Malaysians would do, I’m sure, if they had a voice, I truly and resolutely salute you!

    On another note, I am perhaps one of those somewhat anonymous voices (though not a malicious one) that put you in the predicament that you endured. For that, kindly accept my sincere apologies.

    Lastly, I hope to get to meet you in person one of these days, to express, on behalf of the many anonymous voices in the bloggerhood, the utmost respect and admiration you more than rightly deserve.

    Take good care, and PEACE!

  10. Life sucks Nat.
    You’re smart enough not to admit the crime you had not committed under such repressive environment the cops gave you. So, free yourself now. You’re innocent in everyone’s eyes. Except for those who accuse you.

    By the way, no Good Cop, Bad Cop scene there?

  11. [...] Remanded, Pt 2 Remember that blogger I was talking about? His statements are here. Have a [...]

  12. [...] Tan had a statement in his blog regarding his 4 days under the OSA at IPD Dang Wangi. You may want to read it, don’t miss [...]

  13. Hi Nat, hopefully your continual strength and perseverance in the face of intimidation will bring forth more of those who seeks to protect the homeland we all love, to quote;

    We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.

    We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law.

    We will not walk in fear, one of another.

    We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we dig deep in our history and doctrine and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to associate, to speak and to defend the causes that were for the moment unpopular.

    – by Edward R. Murrow’s character in the movie ‘Good Night and Good Luck’.

    KC

  14. It is good that this ordeal has made you stronger, with regards to what has happened making responsible bloggers more careful about what they post in fear of the same thing happening I think this will only make them more resolute in going out of their way to post what they see as the truth as well as injustices in their part of the world.
    Rather than you being a sign of what may happen to us you have given us the strength and courage to go forward.

    Never give up the fight Nat. (duh…. stupid thing to say lol, like yuo would ever do that) :)

  15. [...] “Here” to read what happened to Nathaniel [...]

  16. Nat, good to see that you are ok now. The whole country and the system need to be overhauled ;)

  17. A very moving account of your time with the police. it will strengthen my cause as an internet activist and struggle for a better Malaysia.

    - MENJ

  18. Nat Tan : The Press Conference (Updated)…

    Update – 1130 Nat is sharing his experiences and he has his full statement published in his blog (in both English and Bahasa Melayu). Photographs available in my Flickr account (photos courtesy of Ginie Lim). Your one vote can make……

  19. Bodohland, I think For Dummies is a Trademark can you just use those words like that?

    Anyways, I am rather disturbed that they actually threaten to slap you and throw you. As a policeman, they should be law abiding but threatening to slap you is getting a bit too far.

    Also the senior officer who shoved you around is also too much.

    It’s good that you made it out unharmed.

    I will cast my vote to make a difference this coming election.

  20. There is more to dig to this.

  21. hey nat, not sure if you remember me, but am glad to hear that you’ ve been released. not sure if it is the right word to use, but i’m actually ‘proud’ of what you’ve done and continue to do for the good of the country – at least some people still care.

  22. [...] ordeal, and I must say the articulate young man had plenty to say and said it vividly. Read more here. I’d like to reproduce some choice bits here, very disturbing bits. Throughout my detention, [...]

  23. Did they try to blame you for the stolen twiced Porsche? or the Penang chips heist? or the Poli Bodoh graffiti in JB?

  24. Dear Nat,

    Let us all pray that our police force will be awaken as a result of their wrongful dealing with you.

    When the police under the British opened fire on the protestors in Amritsa, though it was the Indian blood that was shed, yet the bullets eventually also awaken the Conscience of those in London.

    You have written well and I am glad to know that a brave soul such as you is around to shape a better Malaysia.

  25. Let’s hope for better. Malaysian police are so scary, threatening to slap, oh my god. Now I know teachers in school aren’t that bad after all. At least they did not threaten to slap me for nothing, they punish accordingly.

  26. It is sad to see Bolehland have deteriorated into a police state which is almost no different than Myanmar military regime. It is just a matter of time we become another pariah nation.

    Nat, your ordeal must be conveyed to the UN Human Rights. Here is the website.

    http://www.un.org/rights/

  27. Will be discussing about Computer & Internet Security in couple of days time at:
    http://whisperingshout.blogspot.com/

    Do drop by

  28. God created another Hero with Help from our police.

    Before this, we have no idea on Who is Nathaniel Tan?

    Praise the Lord!

  29. Glad you’re back in the blogosphere, Nat. Got word of your arrest when I was in Sarawak. Ironic, isn’t it? The deputy minister of Internal Security must be getting real panicky to behave in such a grotesquely clumsy manner – fancy incriminating himself further by issuing orders for your arrest under the OSA when his own integrity has recently been questioned…. absolutely bizarre! C-Grade banana republic movie.
    As more skeletons (and bone fragments) tumble out of the closet,
    the real criminals will attempt to get all decent and honest folks arrested just to protect their own malodorous arses. It saddens me that all the abuses of the Mahathir era have been passed down to the present. So what do we celebrate on the 50th anniversary of Merdeka? More murder, mayhem, and misgovernment!

  30. Thanks for the statement, Nat. Can you describe the suspicious line of questioning? And what other physical means they employed to get you to spill the beans? What were the adverse conditions? Being denied sleep? Clean water? Shoes? I know you’re tired and still processing everything. But this would be good to document some time in future. Might inspire a Mark Teh play.

    Anyway, great expose on our inept police force. Quite scary that what we’ve always suspected is true. We really need the IPCMC. Let’s make that an election agenda (among other things).

  31. You will always have our gratitude, Nat.

  32. thank you opposition for supporting him through all this moment.
    next election me and my friends are going to vote for opposition.we need more opposition MP in MALAYSIA to help us and fight for us against corruption,crime rate and increase of petrol.plus,who is the want who help nat tan?opposition..where is all barisan member or what??!!where is the fairness..lastly i hope malaysian will teach barisan a lesson and NAT TAN is not wrong and why the goverment dint support him.is it because he is a opposition member?

    tired of barisan

  33. Thanks for revealing this information. This is very sad. These people are above the laws. The people in power has not been protecting the citizens. The higher up the worse it is. They (gov) would never admit what they had done to Nat is wrong. I bet if you go ask Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, he’ll say the police has done the right thing.

  34. Nat, I am very happy you back here. Teruskan perjuangan membetulkan apa yang salah dan tidak adil

  35. [...] what our lousy police hinted to Nat in [...]

  36. polisi biadap sungguh, tangkap orang baik, kriminal depat taku

  37. According to Sonia Randhawa of CIJ, Nat’s detention made it to the Democracy Now radio programme on Monday. You may download and listen to in Podcast (mp3 and Real Audio file format) here.
    got this from http://www.arifabdull.com/?p=212

    anyway any updates on the forum yesterday? ANyone???Wasn’t able to make it as I was in PG.

  38. [...] minister fella ask police to catch people… Why they catch that poor Nat boy ah?! That boy got blog only [...]

  39. Hi Nat,

    I have been in Berlin for almost a year now. By reading all the things that has been going on in Malaysia through online blogs and newspapers, I really feel ashamed to tell people where I came from. But you and your endevour really touched me. It really got me thinking about what will happen to Malaysia in 20 years time. I used to ignore all these political issues but I can’t anymore.

    Also, judging by my laziness – I would just copy your statement in my public blog (which I just started to write) for the rest of my friends to read. I hope that my friends from all over the world will know about what really goes on in Malaysia and not just the sandy beaches.

  40. [...] Statement on my Detention (Eng & BM) [...]

  41. glah\d that you are allright man. this just proved that how far behind and inept of our police force in carrying out their duties. we should all play our part to make Malaysia a better place to stay. true patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.

  42. I am very very happy to hear that the criminal Nathaniel Tan was imprisoned for his crimes! I am praying now to Allah Subhana Wa Taala that Nathaniel Tan will be convicted of his crimes and sent to that Sungai Buloh prison like his boss, Anwar Ibrahim.

    Inside that jail, Nathaniel should be tortured by police until he renounces his political beliefs. I suggest he is beaten the way Jesus the Christ was beaten on the cross by Roman soldiers :)

    If I had power and was Malaysian dictator, I would simply hang Nathaniel in the gallows for his crimes, and the way I hang him will be like Iraqi president Saddam Hussein who had a public funeral where he was mocked.

    I love to see Nathaniel’s funeral – the day he dies! That day I will be so happy and rejoice. I will spit on his corpse.

    Insya-Allah, Nathaniel goes to jail again!

  43. I hate Nathaniel Tan and I rejoice that you were arrested and remanded for 4 days. If I were the police officers, I will beat you until your body has bruises. Then, I will take my pen and poke your eyes so you go blind!

  44. bravo my comrade. welcome back! keep on blogging. lawan tetap lawan!

  45. hidup rakyat!!! hehehhee… :D

  46. Well,

    good job Nathaniel Tan..

    but with Malaysian’s corrupted policy there is nothing much you can do.. ISA will get you someday. This policy made by the British actually is a weapon to control the people. Separating people into class, what is “bumiputera” all about? Are they the true Native Malaysian?

    Observe the U.S History, the whites did the same, sabotage the Native American and now they are the boss.. but they made it out, they are the strongest nation now and fully Democracy policy. Malaysia claimed that they are democratic nation. BULLSHIT.. Why the major off the government workers, and politician are Malay?

    Anyway, Malaysia really has to go thru another Civilization period. So. be prepare Malaysians.

    Nat Tan your the Malaysian Civil Rights activist.
    Your Malaysia’s DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
    someday you might have a memorial park of your own
    You will be the history for future kids..

    Keep it up.

    cheers

  47. Is sick to see how our Mat Police priorities their duties this days. They choose to intimidate those who are not on the side of corrupted leaders when real criminals run freely, see how the illegal Satay “Istana” still standing today? Is a shame to see how the country is heading after 50 years of independent, everything is in a mass now. The Mat Police are putting the men in blue where no one will respect, we rather not have a National soccer team, we have to ask for a seat in the Soviet space ship to put our Mat space to orbit so that we can call ourselves “Boleh”. Malaysia I cry for you.

  48. I’m glad that you are safe now. Been following up on your news ever since I saw your sister Cheryl’s personal message on MSN regarding your arrest. I was just reading about it silently and never comment. I don’t really know you but I know you were from Cempaka. Anyway, I just hope this won’t happen ever again in the future! Has been supporting you silently since I’ve read the news. =)

  49. [...] The connection to me was based on a comment made on my blog that was made by an anonymous commentor on the 10th of Februrary, 2007.(more) [...]

  50. All the best.

    May we get to live a more ‘healthy’ Malaysia, insyAllah.

    mamatd … a silent majority.

  51. [...] to a most impressive network of NGOs, independent media and politikus, who blog fearlessly, obediently and without resistance, handed over his hardware. With all its data which happens to include email addresses and IPs of eveyone who ever agreed [...]

  52. [...] mean, saw how even that gungho blogger who blog fearlessly, obediently and without resistance, handed over his hardware? Dude had with direct links to a most impressive network of NGOs, independent media and politicus. [...]

  53. 50 years after our Independence, what do we have?

  54. [...] Thus begin (probably… possibly) the longest day of RPK’s life. Nat had his. [...]

  55. The Incontiguous Brick has offered to post Malaysian Bloggers comments and critizisms of their government (or other “forbidden” topics). It won’t create a free society but it might help people say what the need to say without fear of arrest.

    http://incontiguousbrick.wordpress.com/2007/07/25/malaysian-bloggers-join-the-ranks-of-the-oppressed/

  56. The misuse of power by the police is normal in msia, It happens in all towns and states.
    From my own personal experiences with the police, I have discovered that these so called “law enforcers”
    know little or nothing about the law.
    They might be well trained to fight, shoot a gun, run etc.
    But their knowlege in legal matters are nil.

  57. Malaysian politicians are feeble, rather uneducated (in the sense of acting as such and the mindset they portray, which reflects badly on the nation and it’s people) and quite very pathetic.
    From top to bottom, Malaysia is so corrupt. The people are poor pawns in their elitist game of checkers for power and money. Greed runs rampant within the ranks of corrupt politicians and elite who’s actions smack of dictators from poverty stricken countries and dictatorships such as Swaziland, Myanmar, Pakistan, India (read up about the BJP party in India and you’ll know what I mean, compare them with Malay politicians in Malaysia who usually just stop short of calling for ethnic blood and inferiority of non-Malays.).
    As an outsider who has Malaysian friends, and reside quite safely in a democratic, secular western country, I am saddened by this, and feel angered.
    I am going to help my Malaysian friends however they can in their quest to gain citizenship in the country I reside in, and escape the brutalism of Malaysian dictatorship. This is too much.

  58. Thank you DY, but any help in transforming Malaysia into a country we need not flee in fear would also be greatly appreciated! :)

  59. The authorities are really retarded to treat civilians in such injustice manner, shame on Malaysian police force for condescending us and I furthermore condemn the corrupt and worthless politician who mastermind these acts. Malaysia is not a safe country to live in anymore.

  60. [...] months ago, Nathaniel Tan was remanded by the police for questioning over a comment on his blog which supposedly had violated [...]

  61. [...] If Nathaniel Tan was remanded by the police for questioning over a comment in his blog.. [...]

  62. [...] months ago, Nathaniel Tan was remanded by the police for questioning over a comment on his blog which supposedly had violated [...]

  63. [...] Yeah, thanks Dollah, great faith you’ve given us in your procedures. (See full statement) [...]

  64. [...] the statement I put together in full. Background info in my earlier statement. Do note the pretty unexpected part about the cop who turned up on theSun frontpage on corruption [...]

  65. Dear Nathaniel,

    I’m very new to blogging and just found out about your ordeal (after much searching). I suddenly feel so sad after reading it. Please continue being strong for Malaysia.

    Now i’m worried. What about my blog? How did they find you? Will they find me? Ugh.. it is sad when citizens of my country live in fear and do not even realize it.

    I’m not a fan of Anwar to tell you the truth. I supported the ‘reformasi’ together with my whole family. But i feel that he has let us down somehow. Regardless, I am a citizen with no affiliation.

    I like to call people like us, “government critics”. And a government needs to be criticised when it is not doing a good job.

    Basic human rights are not adhered to. I doubt the police know anything about human rights. No inkling whatsoever.

    Sad sad sad.

    Keep up the good work, my friend.

    Yati

  66. [...] know what it’s like to walk into a hearing without legal [...]

  67. Dear Members of this Forum

    Allah is a word that Bahasa Melayu has adopted from Arabic. Despite the fact that Malaysia is a Muslim country, Malaysia refused to embrace Arabic as one of its official languages.

    Therefore, no Malaysian authority has the right to determine/restrict the usage of any word that is purely Arabic in origin. That right belongs to the Arab League and its 22 member countries.

    I would suggest that a request be made to Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka to state that ALLAH is Arabic in origin. Give them two weeks to respond failing which we can get the Arab League to issue a statement that ALLAH is an Arabic word. That statement from the Arab League will end all these stupidity gushing from idiots at UMNO.

    All Malays please remember this – embracing Islam and being a Muslim does not make you a native speaker of the Arabic Language. Likewise, not all native speakers of the Arabic language are Muslims – there are Christians, Druzes and Jews amongst us.

    The word ALLAH had been in existence before Islam. So, do not forget that ALLAH in English is simply God. If you insist that ALLAH is a Muslim God, you should also explain that TUHAN is a pagan deity for the Malays.

    Dear Malays, please stop making fools of yourselves!

    by Another Arab

  68. Dear Nat…i’m glad that u r ok…it must be scary with those policemen..i can tell tho i hav no experience of being caught by the police…anyway, since now u r ok..i hope u continue providing informations to the public…my place PKR won..not sure the majority tho..

  69. Hi Nat,
    Good to hear from you agian after what you went through, Thats the price good men pay to make their society good, Continue your good work. And I hope the Malaysian people will appreciate you more.

  70. [...] was recently reminded that a year ago yesterday, I was picked up by the cops, starting a four day [...]

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