Said Zahari - the man who led the the Utusan Melayu strike of 1961 — a protest against Umno’s takeover of the paper has passed away. Said Zahari was barred from entering Malaya by executive order. He was under Detention Without Trial for 17 years..
“You know you are fighting against the government, and you can never win.” Said Zahari said, “I know I cannot win. But I’m not fighting against the government.I’m fighting to maintain the principle of freedom of the press. I’ll lose — so be it. Utusan journalists will be remembered as journalists who tried to prevent the taking over of newspapers by the government, or political parties in power. That’s all.”
So [the explicit reason for the ISA is] rubbish, to me. Till today, there has not been a case where an ISA detainee has been proven to be a terrorist. The ISA has always been there to intimidate the people. It is at the apex of all sorts of laws that frighten the people.
It may be good to recollect some of what he said in his interviews with the Nut Graph, and also the Malaysiakini..
Ex-top editor, ISA detainee Said Zahari dies
Scene of the Utusan strike (Pic from Meniti Lautan Gelora, courtesy of Said Zahari)
Tunku Abdul Rahman (Pic from Meniti
Lautan Gelora, courtesy of Said Zahari)
Said carrying buckets of water during his time on Pulau Ubin
(Pic from Menitis Lautan Gelora, courtesy of Said Zahari)
Former Utusan editor-in-chief Yusof
Ishak (Pic from Meniti Lautan Gelora,
courtesy of Said Zahari)