THE recent anti-Internal Security Act (ISA) rally on 1 Aug 2009 saw tens of thousands of Malaysians take to the streets of Kuala Lumpur to object against the law which allows for indefinite state detention without trial.
The rally saw what was likely to be the largest number of arrests at a single event in Malaysia — nearly 600 people, children included. Since then, questions have been raised about how arrested children should be handled, and the ethics of child participation in such rallies.
The Fairly Current Show speaks with Datin Fauziah Ramly, one of the drafters of the Child Act 2001, about her thoughts on the rights of arrested children, on being a mother, and also on being a Malaysian in these troubled times.
Fauziah is a self-appointed child advocate, a non-governmental individual, and interviewer Fahmi Fadzil’s mom.
This video interview first appeared on PopTeeVee. The site hosts other video interviews with notable personalities on notable issues.