Freedom Fighter From Indonesia
Freedom fighter is a post about one man who display what it will costs in a fight for his God-given freedom. He had to be able to resist against all odds, dangers and pain together with his indomitable spirit to stay the course.
Supposedly when you packed large number of foreign migrant workers of different nationalities and cultures together into small cell like caged animals, what would one expects to see?
We will most likely see people who are distressed and disillusioned. In such small cell space, there is no freedom of movement other than within the four walls. And imagine doing this for extended period of months and even years.
Then you also add in inhumane and cruel conditions, dirty and unhealthy environment into the mix. We would expect that this would makes these people feels very bitter, resentful with deeply suppressed anger, frustrations and loss of their normal sense of decency/human nature.
Adding to this mix, you put violent and egoistic guards armed with beating batons. You select guards who like threatening and violence and set these guards over them 24/7, guess what will you get?
You either get very docile people or you get a super resistance freedom fighter. And many Pekan Nanas detainees did indeed witnessed one from among them a super resistance freedom fighter.
Another folklore story from Pekan Nanas
This story is one story that would makes for a folklore story to tell any audiences seeking to hear folklore story of heroic acts against vile and despicable people. Vile and despicable because these people have proved through their actions and witnessed publicly by many detainees.
For this reason, this man’s story deserved folklore status just as an earlier story about an Australian detainee which you can read here.
It is said that under extraordinary circumstances will produce a man of the moment. Treacherous circumstances may make or break a man but an exceptional man will never surrender under all circumstances.
This man that is the subject of this folklore story is a freedom fighter of Indonesia nationality. Because of his loss of his God-given freedom, he appears a deeply agitated and mentally disturbed person.
Judging from what can be seen as described in later section, this man is deeply displease over his loss of freedom. And judging from his responses to the guards throughout the story, he viewed these guards as weak cowards. He shows much contempt and despise those guards for their mockery and making sport of him. Indeed the guards had displayed egregious behavior by doing a perverse sexual act, as detailed below, on him publicly to deserve his contempt.
Backdrop setting to story
Detained within the four walls of our Pekan Nanas cell are hundred plus people of various nationalities, cultures and characters. Everyone detained together here were not by our own will but because of “claims” that we had violated Malaysia immigration laws.
Everyone of us detainees do not know each other background, what happened in each lives, each families’ background and so forth. We were all total strangers to one another while here together. Also everyone generally minds their own business.
In such a toxic and oppressive environment, fights and violence are common occurrences. This is because of the tight confined spaces, unsatisfactory living conditions, and loss of all freedom. The food were tasteless with little nutrients and just enough for sustenance. We are of different nationalities and so there is tribal tendencies. Hence most congregate according to their nationality. And amongst us are many alpha-male type asserting themselves through fights.
Of the many fights and other violence witnessed within the cell, there is one particular fight that needs a special mention. This fight is the only fight that involved a lone fighter, albeit fighting for freedom.
He basically stood tall in his fight for his freedom with the Pekan Nanas Immigration guards. His story is one of a man who is tough as a nail, extraordinary strong, unbelievably unbending and unyielding to the end. He earned the respect of all those detainees who witnessed this fight as you continue reading on to understand why.
Loss of priceless freedom
Most of the days, detainees would look out to the open field and the world outside of the cell. The outside world as seen from the caged environment is a serene peaceful landscape with an idyllic lure. The wooded landscape with spatters of huts are familiar surroundings as the villages that they hailed from.
With so little activities, it is a blissful beautiful picture of how nice life would be out there instead of being locked inside this horrible cell.
They would yearn to be out there as they miss the freedom of seeing their loved ones. How they do wish that their hours are spend roaming the streets, savoring some good dishes or hanging out with friends. They could gather with friends in the restaurants for their food or in coffee shop to engage in idle talk.
It is a picture of a bird missing the freedom to be able to be flying everywhere in a vast space of the air freely and without a care.
In here we could only be sports for the Immigration guards that held powers over us. Occasionally the kawasans would do the bidding of the guards and caused troubles to us.
Some of the days, the afternoon and evening could be so uneventful, boring and mundane that they would conjure entertainment from those who are in their power. There is this one particular person that fits their bill.
How this started
There is this detainee that was locked in a separate isolation cell all by himself to one cell. He was of about five feet three or four inches of height and of average muscular build. He looks to be of very firm muscles and stout with a typical Indonesian construction worker frame.
Time passes very slowly in this kind of detention with little activities. In his isolation cell he was apparently very agitated, restless and craving for relief of some real serious unhappiness. So to gets his relief, he would be calling for the guard’s attention most of the times. Sometimes the guards would force him to sing certain songs or do certain activities for entertainment and sport. We had no idea for whatever reason that he was put in this separate isolation cell.
He hates his isolation
Throughout the day, he is always making loud noises, banging on the steel gate and and all the loud noises can be heard up to the wee morning hour when we were all asleep. Our sleep were disturbed by all this din.
Sometimes he would be in seemingly good mood and will be singing to himself his Indonesian folklore songs. You can tell his good mood from his singing tune.
We have heard a few different folklore songs and these songs have melancholic tunes. The melancholic tunes would bring listeners to his inner world of how much he misses his home, village and community back in his country. Many were quite impressed with his singing talent and do enjoyed the songs as entertainment.
These kinds of antics and rebelling for his freedom were happening on a daily basis for days. In addition he would sometimes be throwing his food all over the place as a form of protest against any retaliation by anyone on him. In this cell he was given containers for his private business but instead of using this containers he would messed it on the floor whereby Kawasan would then be going inside to clean up whatever mess.
Transfer back from the isolation room
After about a week or so, he was transferred to the same cell as ours. Obviously many of us were apprehensive and worried about our safety with him in the midst of us. The Indonesians among us banded together around him to watch over him and prevent any incident breaking out.
Though he was calm generally, he could also be triggered easily into some violent behavior out of the blues. It is appears that the loss of freedom for him has something to do with his uncontrollable behavior.
Truly as expected, just after one uneventful day of calm before things went out of control with his erratic behavior.
Prelude to violence on the freedom fighter
During one of the day at around late morning, this freedom fighter started hitting someone out of the blue. Though the person moved away, he then started stomping on the wooden planks, metal grille and the metal gate with unbelievable strength. As his friends tried to calm him and restrain him as much as they can, he would even hit them with no hesitation. This is the same kind of behavior that he was exhibiting as he usually does in the isolation room. We did wondered why did the guards put him in our cell knowing his deep dissatisfaction about his detention with a propensity to create mayhem.
As he slips into his agitated trance-like state, he created more chaos with his wild antics and methods of protest. The whole cell soon seemed unsafe for all the detainees locked within.
After twenty to thirty minutes, the place became a chaotic scene and that brought a few of the guards to enter the cell to control the situation. Even when the guards were coming at him, he did not stop despite all the restraining by his friends. He was struggling and fighting like a fish out of the water to be in the water again for its life. This provokes the guards to raise the alarm for more reinforcement guards to enter into the fracas. Some of the reinforcement guards started beating the guts out of this freedom fighter. They were raining fist blows to his head and beating batons to other body areas. These guards wanted to display to all the detainees witnessing what would be the outcome for any resistance by any detainee.
A violent assault on the freedom fighter
With the assistance of a squad of guards, they then moved him outside for a display of what they will do to subjugate any resistance and break down the will of any freedom fighter.
They tied his hands round a lighting post at the concrete staging area. This was in our direct line of sight about six meter away. They then assaulted him brutally while he was without the ability to defend or retaliate. Some guards were using his body as punching bags to practice some Mike Tyson’s punches. Some were practicing Bruce Lee’s flying kicks. There was every opportunity for these guards to try various new fighting moves on him. The guards used their fists, hard objects and whatever they had in their arsenal to inflict torture. All these went on for hours and he was also directly under the hot afternoon sun. However he did not flinch nor beg for mercies, never and no sign of surrendering.
There were more guards that came and join in or take turns to attack him for quite a while. The gang of guards was totally furious at his resistance holding up despite so much pain inflicted on him. We were stunned that he was exceptionally strong, fearless and a super high threshold of withstanding pain or immune to pain.
All of these actions were going on under the hot afternoon sun. Different guards and officers came to join in and get into some action on this freedom fighter who will never bow to their will.
To my logical mind, I could only speculate that he could either be “possessed by supernatural forces” or he had practiced some sort of dark art of self-defense skill.
A perverse sexual act attack on freedom fighter
Just like a school of piranhas in a feeding frenzy, the guards turn to more extreme measures of subjugation. They removed his underpants and force him to masturbate in full sight of everyone under the hot sun.
Someone then use a phone camera to do a video recording as in like shooting a TV production movie. They were recording the most disgusting part of the sexual act, together with his face captured in full view shown in the video.
Why were they doing such disgusting and perverse acts? Are they planning to load this video on YouTube for monetizing? Is it for selling this video on the black market or is it for public shaming?
What are they trying to achieve with this video recording of this gang-violation of this man’s dignity? Were the families of these guards proud of their action?
If anyone comes across such a video on YouTube, do remember that it is most likely the video that was filmed by the Pekan Nanas Immigration guards.
Others who lost their freedom without cause
If I were to choose an image to portray of what the Malaysia Pekan Nanas Immigration officers look like, the image of this group of immigration officers will be the one. They represent one of the worse of human nature for their perverse act upon this freedom fighter.
Detained within the Pekan Nanas Immigration Depot are people representing the nationalities of Malaysia neighboring countries? Indeed the officers and guards who were involved in the gang-violation of this freedom fighter’s dignity are firstly, beasts and cowards. They can be described as such through their behavior and actions that were put on full display before all the detainees witnessing it.
It must be added that not everyone locked behind the caged walls of Pekan Nanas are people who were there because they deserved to be in there. These could be people who had their freedom taken away from them through some false charges. I have make acquaintance with some and have written about them in another post. You can read about them here.
These are innocent people who had to be subjected to all the uncivilized acts of barbaric guards such as what this freedom fighter were subjected to.
These are voiceless and their voices also need to be heard through this post here.
As for this freedom fighter, whatever happened to him after what we had witnessed, we just do not know. May he be well and good.
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