COMMENT | In deporting Turkish asylum seeker Arif Komis (above)
back to Turkey, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad made some
extraordinary claims. Well, not exactly extraordinary (for him), but
rather the usual blame-shifting comments he makes when cornered.
the fate that would probably befall Komis and his family, he asked the
question that opens this piece. Well just in case our prime minister is
not up to date on the kind of strategies the Erdogan regime practices,
here is the link to the Amnesty International (UK) press statement, which calls for the need for independent monitors to access detainees amid torture allegations:
of abuse, including beatings and rape in detention, are extremely
alarming, especially given the scale of detentions that we have seen in
the past week. The grim details that we have documented are just a
snapshot of the abuses that might be happening in places of detention.
is absolutely imperative that the Turkish authorities halt these
abhorrent practices and allow international monitors to visit all these
detainees in the places they are being held. “Despite chilling
images and videos of torture that have been widely broadcast across the
country, the government has remained conspicuously silent on the abuse.
Failing to condemn ill-treatment or torture in these circumstances is
tantamount to condoning it."
was three years ago, after the failed coup, and which the Erdogan
regime blamed on Feto, which Komis is alleged to belong to. If the
Pakatan Harapan government or the prime minister think that Amnesty
International is just another "Western" organisation out "against"
Islamic regimes, many of these same politicians, when in Barisan/Umno,
had no problem using Amnesty International when it came to the horrors
of Abu Ghraib or the numerous other atrocities committed by the "West"
on Muslim countries.
Remember the war crimes tribunal
that Mahathir set up to dispense justice to Bush and Co all those years
ago? Here is a reminder, in case some have forgotten: “The tribunal, to
be formally launched at a peace conference Mahathir is hosting Feb 7,
will not have the legal authority of any international organisation and
will not be able to impose penalties - but Mahathir said its aim is to
condemn the accused in the history books. "The accused may disregard''
the tribunal, Mahathir said at a news conference. "There will be (other)
people who will take it seriously, and historians will attach an
epithet that they will not like. They will go down in history as war
The anti-war literature at the time, especially in
Malaysia, was a compilation of data, anecdotes, statistics and press
releases from Amnesty International and other humanitarian
So, really, this plea for “evidence” of
torture by the Erdogan regime is just horse manure, and the reality of
the situation is that, for whatever reason, the Harapan regime has no
problem sending UN-protected asylum seekers to their possible torture
and death. Why do I say, Harapan regime? Well, because in March of this year the government shipped off four Egyptians who may face execution by the military regime in Egypt.
“This has been done secretly, flouting international human rights standards,” said Latheefa Koya (above),
when she was the executive director for Lawyers for Liberty. She made
it a point to differentiate between the Harapan regime and the Barisan
“We would have expected this inhumane conduct on the part of the (previous) Barisan Nasional regime, but it’s outrageous that the Pakatan Harapan government is doing the same thing," Latheefa said.
now we know, that when it comes to inhumane conduct, in many ways, the
Harapan government is just as bad or worse – because it is supposed to
be the saviour of Malaysia – unlike the previous BN government.
hang on a minute. The prime minister said that Komis is to be shipped
out on the advice of the police. So the question then becomes, what kind
of investigation was carried out by the PDRM?
What did this
investigation reveal? It must have been a speedy investigation because
the PDRM apparently concluded that there was “proof” that Komis should
not be in this country. What is this “proof”? Is Komis a threat to
that. The PDRM investigated Komis and concluded that he should not be
in this country, and apparently they have “proof”. Meanwhile, Zakir Naik
(above) is busy suing politicians in this country – politicians
from the ruling coalition. While Zakir has been banned from making
public speeches because he makes racist statements, he is defended by
not only the ruling coalition, but also by far-right personalities who
use him (and are used by him) to propagate anti-Malaysian ideas. And he
gets a free pass from the Harapan regime.
The PDRM has not made an assessment on this charlatan. How queer. I mean, what's the holdup?
some people will say that Zakir remains here because of the prime
minister. However, the prime minister now says that someone like Komis
is not here because of the PDRM. What nonsense is this? Is the prime
minster protecting Zakir, or does the PDRM think he belongs in this
country? It is all very confusing.
Mahathir asks people to tell
him where to send Zakir Naik. Why not ask Zakir where he wants to go?
After all, just two years ago, Zakir boasted that he had citizenship offers
from 10 countries - “By God’s grace, I have been offered citizenship by
at least 10 Islamic nations,” he added. “Maybe in the future I will
accept if appropriate, as even according to (Islamic texts), if people
are persecuting me for my thoughts, I have to protect myself.”
the prime minister is too busy, maybe the young boy minister Syed Saddiq
Syed Abdul Rahman could ask Zakir where he wants to go. Maybe over
dinner, and then he could tweet about how Zakir is moving on, which
would mean that we could all move on as well.
Of that failed war
crimes tribunal, Mahathir said that historians would attach an epithet
to leaders who perform egregious acts that they would not like. The
problem with this kind of thinking is that while facts go down in
history or are eventually rediscovered, the reality is that people do
not know their history - or more often, forget their history.