Solidarity for Isham Rais

Isham Rais

‘They can only imprison Hisham’s body, not his voice’

Next week will see social activist Hishamuddin Rais either having to undergo a nine-month jail sentence for sedition or otherwise, when the Court of Appeal hears his case on Monday.

The 65-year-old – known as one who never minces his words together with his trademark black coat and fedora hat – will sorely be missed especially by many young activists who view him as their mentor.

It is not surprising, therefore, for Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH) and Kelab Bangsar Utama to embark on the #IshamRais campaign.

Social media users were encouraged to send messages of solidarity with the hashtag IshamRais on Twitter and Facebook as well as to change their profile pictures to that of Hishamuddin’s.

A close friend to Hishamuddin, Bersih secretariat member Mandeep Singh said the campaign, which was launched on Tuesday, has since garnered thousands of retweets on Twitter.

“I’m not sure how many exactly, but for sure it’s in the thousands. (The hashtag) has also been trending every day,” he told Malaysiakini.

In a series of tweets, Mandeep (photo) said he can tweet and write posts about Hishamuddin on Facebook but he cannot deny how he is sad about the man.

“Honestly, I’m sad. Sleeping in prison is not easy,” he tweeted.

“You may say that it’s only nine months. Damn, nine months in prison is not easy.”

Commenting on Hishamuddin’s possible predicament in jail, activist Syukri Razab is of the opinion that the authorities can only imprison Hishamuddin’s body.

“If the regime thinks they can contain his voice by imprisoning him, they are wrong.

“If they really want to kill his voice, they have to imprison hundreds, even thousands of young people who have been enlightened by him,” said Syukri in an article in tribute of Hishamuddin.

Hishamuddin’s idealism, he said, will continue to flourish in the hearts and minds of young people.

‘They can only imprison Hisham’s body, not his voice’
12 May 2016 – malaysiakini


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