In the Malaysiakini report ‘Are BN leaders prepared to demand support from Umno leaders and ministers in Cabinet and the BN supreme council that the five Hindraf leaders held under the Internal Security Act (ISA) be released before Deepavali on Oct 28?
It is not likely to happen as BN leaders although being vocal has not been serious about CHANGE. There was a lot of publicity after the 8 March 2008 GE12 on a BN rebranding or ‘we hear you’ rheotorics. But alas, its all LIP SERVICE with no improvement that has resulted in Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) pulling out from BN on 17 September 2008.
In between that, we witness the episodes of window of opportunity, 916, sodomy, swearing on Holy Book, Ahmad Ismail’s ‘penumpang’, ISA among many interesting “happening” which make very good political case studies for any political science students around the world!
Now, as the nation holds her breath to await PM Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi’s statement on whether he will contest the UMNO’s president post or effect a handover to whoever is his successor (I presume would be DPM Datuk Seri Jaib Tun Razak).
This has distracted the nation’s attention to the evil of the Internal Security Act (ISA). The Internal Security Act 1960 (ISA) allows for detention without trial, which violates fundamental principles of natural justice and human rights. Detainees have been subject to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and torture in various forms. The ISA has also allowed the Government to arbitrarily detain political dissidents and ordinary citizens.
So it is heartening to hear that the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH), Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia), Jiao Zong (United Chinese School Teachers’ Association of Malaysia), Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) and the Bar Council have jointly drafted a memorandum to demand that the ISA be abolished.
They appeal to concern organisations to endorse the memorandum with a mass endorsement ceremony to be held from 10 am to 1 pm on Sunday, 19 October 2008 at the KLSCAH Hall. Further details are available from KLSCAH Assistant Secretary Mr Teh Yee Keong at 03-2274 6645 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Suaram Coordinator Ms Nalini at 03-7783 5724 or by email at email@example.com
As concern citizen what can we do? Create an awareness of the EVIL of the ISA.
I searched wikipedia and found out that under Section 8 ISA: Power to order detention or restriction of persons. “(i) If the Minister is satisfied that the detention of any person is necessary with a view to preventing him from acting in any manner prejudicial to the security of Malaysia or any part thereof or to the maintenance of essential services therein or the economic life thereof, he may make an order (hereinafter referred to as a detention order) directing that that person be detained for any period not exceeding two years.”
That means the power lies in the Minister who in this case is the Home Minister. Just imagine what would happen if one day, the HOME MINISTER made an detention order against the entire cabinet! He will legally be empowered to do so and to justify it based on his own reasoning for example detained for their own safety or for other reasons.
So unless they (BN leaders) get the taste themselves (lock, stock and barrel), they will not get rid of the ISA.
Let us continue to push for the TOTAL ABOLISHMENT for this E V I L law the ISA! Sign the petition here.