He was accused for being a communist, which I personally do not believe he was one, and was humiliated and made to confess under duress. The home affairs minister at that time was Ghazali Shafiee, a man who was quoted in one of Bob Woodward's book about the CIA, that a "top official of the Malaysian foreign ministry as a CIA liaison man", a description that can only fit Ghazali.
Pak Samad was the country journalism icon and a giant. The government is best to start by apologising to him and the way to compensate him is to help his children, I do not know how but just do it.
Pak Samad sin was he spoke the truth and riled up some insecure and powerful Umno leaders, but a communist he never was. He is a Malay nationalist and has been fighting for the rights of his people and others, and for that he was seen as a danger to the ruling elites at that time.
Come to think of it Salleh Abas dismissal was not as bad as Pak Samad who was being tortured while under detention. Come Pak Lah do the right thing for him before he dies. Those who have maligned him should come forward and seek his forgiveness before you people meet your maker! I have said enough!
ADENDUM: ACTUALLY PAK SAMAD TURNED 84 ON FRIDAY, APRIL 18, SATURDAY IS JUST NICE DINNER WITH NICE PEOPLE! AND I AM INVITED!
Samad IsmailTan Sri Abdul Samad Ismail (b. 24 April 1925, Singapore - ) a journalist, political activist, and creative writer, known for promoting Malay nationalism. He was a founding member of the Gerakan Angkatan Muda (Geram) and of the PAP (People's Action Party). He was Chairman of the Malaysian Press Institute and was also a founding member of the National Association of Writers (PENA). For his accomplishments in the literary and journalistic field, he was awarded the title, Pejuang Sastera, meaning "literature champion" by the Malaysian Government.
From Javanese parentage, Samad Ismail was born and educated in Singapore, and was effectively bilingual in Malay and English. He completed his Senior Cambridge in 1940, just before World War II began, and launched into journalism almost immediately, starting as a cub reporter in the newly established Malay daily, Utusan Melayu.
During the Japanese Occupation, he did editorial work for the Japanese-sponsored, Berita Malai. The returning British thus had him jailed in 1946 but only briefly. After the war, he returned to the Utusan Melayu as the assistant editor and his influence helped to promote Malay nationalism. His close ties to left-wing Malay nationalists and his anticolonial stance led to a second arrest in 1951. Upon his release in 1953, he returned to his job at the Utusan Melayu and became a founding member of the People's Action Party along with Lee Kuan Yew.
However, disagreements with both Lee Kuan Yew and with the Utusan Melayu saw him leaving for Kuala Lumpur in 1959. There, he would head the Berita Harian and later the New Straits Times. He remained a strong advocate of the Malay language and culture, and continued to explore the complex dimensions of race and politics in Malaysia. He expressed some of these thoughts through his Malay novels which he began writing in the early 1960s. In 1976, he was again arrested under the Malaysian Internal Security Act and was not released until 1981. Upon his release, he returned to the New Straits Times.
1941 - 1945 : Assistant Editor, Berita Malai during the Japanese Occupation.
1945 : Editor, Berita Malai newspaper at the age of 21.
1955 : Represented the PAP at the Bandung Conference.
1959 : Editor, Berita Harian when it moved to Kuala Lumpur.
1958 - 1959 : Chairman, UMNO, Singapore.
1974 : Managing Editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief, The New Straits Times group.
1981 : Editorial Advisor, The New Straits Times group.
1988 : Retired from journalism.
1963 : Kail Panjang Sejengkal.
1966 : Patah Sayap Terban Jua.
1967 : Tembok Tidak Tinggi; Orang Jauh.
1968 : Menduga Lautan Dalam; Menimba Yang Jernih.
1969 : Detik-detik Cemas; Orang Lama.
1970 : Hussein Zet.
1975 : Sutinah.
1995 : Hud.
1959 : Temasya Tinta.
1967 : Mastura.
1994 : Ingin jadi pujangga : kumpulan cerpen 1944 -1991.
1994 : Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts, being recognised "for applying his intellect and journalistic skills to champion national independence, cultural revival, and democratic nation-building in Malaysia".
1992 : Knighted by Malaysia's Sultan.