Its leaking everywhere.
The 'harrowing torture notes from Kamunting' is making headlines again, especially on the Internet and the Opposition media. Mkini is riding on it.
But the manner in which the notes found its way to Mkini is quite intriguing. Why Mkini and not other channels like Suhakam or the Home Ministry or the PM Office? And of course, the timing of such a leak seemed to be well planned, when general election is just around the corner.
I don't want to deny that such 'harrowing' events could have taken place in Bukit Aman or Kamunting. It could have happened a long time ago during the early days when ISA was enacted, or even now.
But my only concern is whether the allegations are bona fide. The portal, bearing high pride for being chosen the avenue for such leaks, decline to show the so said 'notes' or reveal the names of detainees who wrote it on the pretext of exclusivity and safety of the people who wrote it.
Now that Home Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein is faced with another challenging issue, he is left to no choice but to investigate. Our IGP Ismail Omar and team are also tasked into finding the truth about the notes.
Suhakam is already making noise but the Commission must also take into account many possibilities and from many aspects. The notes could have been written during the 60s or 70s or early 80s.
We have forensic experts to carry out such an investigation, to determine whether it is genuine or simply produced by hired professionals as part of the Opposition strategies to wipe out Barisan Nasional in the next national poll.
However, if its true that the police still subscribe to such a method in interrogating detainees, we need some major corrections there. Not that its against the Human Rights Convention, it is also against any norms of modern civilisation.
Whatever its is, the timing of such leaks is still in question. Yes, there are bad and policemen but as a media player - pro or anti-government - Mkini must not hide anything. If they think the people should know, then everything should be in the open.
And for KDN, its also the right time to review the status of management in Kamunting and Simpang Renggam. The team must change every 2 or 3 years. Prison jobs are very depressing and those who haven been deployed there for too long would find it frustrating.
This could also push them off the limit by 'working together' with the detainees or any unwanted parties. Otherwise, we would not find prison officers selling drugs and weapons to inmates and detainees.
Most of our prisons and other detention centers are without sufficient monitoring system, including CCTV. I think its time for the government to allocate the right budget for all lock-ups, prisons and detention centers to be equipped with such devices. This will help improve the image of security and of course, KDN and the government.
Ooh... to Mkini, please do not equate Kamunting to Guantanamo.Sometimes you people are too much overboard!