The email interview with Dr Munawar Anees confirms that September 1998 marks that incredulous time in Malaysian history which will sully the name of Dr Mahathir Mohamad's administration forever in the generations to come.
I think no Malaysian has ever remembered a more frightening time when the wrath of one man and one party wrecked havoc on the lives of innocents like Anees, Nallakarupan and Sukma who are ordinary folk.
Their lives and the lives of their children and families are putty in the hands of politicians.
I think Malaysians should not forget the lives of these other victims of that political onslaught. We should think of holding a special vigil for them and other ordinary people who ran onto the streets to protest only to be cudgelled by police and the Special Branch.
Those who suffered included students sacked from universities by politician-backed administrators either because they were against Anwar's detention or the ISA which was used against opposition to these protests.
Anees' statutory declaration of torture at the hands of the state to procure the purported evidence to feed the government's charge of sodomy and corruption against Anwar is reason enough for us not to rest on our laurels. The state is the same state, the police are unreformed. Suhakam has not had a full report of the incidents of September 1998.
Until our fundamental rights are truly guaranteed and protected by institutions of government, the executive, the judiciary and parliament, no one is safe from the use and misuse of power.