Thursday, May 15, 2008

Govt To Retain ISA Without Amendment. This Govt Won't Change, So We'll Have To Change The Govt

The government reiterated Wednesday that the Internal Security Act (ISA) has to be retained, not for any political purpose but as a preventive measure to curb and handle activities threatening national security.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said that as such the government had decided to retain the ISA in toto without any change despite pressure from certain quarters including the Opposition.

"Malaysia is a cosmopolitan country comprising various races, religions and cultures, and this law has to be retained to thwart any threat before it emerges. As such, for the moment, the government has no plan to abolish the ISA," he said when winding up debate for his ministry on the motion of thanks for the royal address in the Dewan Rakyat.

Records show that the ISA had been used to contain threats posed by militant terrorism, falsification of Malaysian travel documents, smuggling by illegal immigrants, spying by foreign agents operating in Malaysia, and racial extremism.

Syed Hamid said detention under the ISA was not aimed at penalising but to rehabilitate the detainee.

He also said that the ISA was not a draconian law because it did not deny the detainee his or her fundamental rights.

Syed Hamid said the ISA had helped the country thwart activities threatening national security, which enabled the people to enjoy peace, economic growth and intensive development.

He also said that the government had no intention yet to release the five leaders of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) held under the ISA.

He said the government had not prevented any group from championing the rights of any specific community so long as it was done according to the law.

"Allegations of the government discriminating against any community are untrue. It has to be emphasised that there has been no marginalisation of any community, including the Indian community.

"The term 'marginalisation' has been intentionally used with a political motive and opposition party leaders have garnered support by tarnishing the image of the government. The accusations against the government smacked of falsehood, emotion and racism," he said. (Bernama)

***** Syed Hamid is either totally clueless, mentally ill or he's lying through his teeth. Look at the amount of mistruth in his short defense of the ISA:-

1) the Internal Security Act (ISA) has to be retained, not for any political purpose!

2)
the ISA was not aimed at penalising but to rehabilitate the detainee!

3)
Allegations of the government discriminating against any community are untrue!

4)
The accusations against the government smacked of falsehood, emotion and racism! (The racists are calling others racists now!)

It's clear that this government is beyond change or redemption. So if they won't change, we'll have to change the government at the next elections. Good riddance to those who will divide the nation in order to perpetuate their rule. Enough is enough.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous SM said...

Any Malaysian who is surprised with the stand taken by the BN (read: UMNO) Government on the ISA is stupid!
Come on lah! They are never going to change. They still say spew rubbish & expect us to believe them?
At the moment, the PR is our only hope!

3:18 PM GMT+8  
Blogger DIASPORA said...

It is only too obvious to any sane mind that the UMNOPUTRAS cannot live without ISA and the other draconian restrictive Acts and Rules made under the Acts.

The plea by the sanctimonious cats that the ISA is necessary to safeguard the security of the Nation is BULLSHIT. It is thee to safeguard the PUTRAS and the cronies at all levels in all the dingy and dark and murky corridors of power.

The Nation has no choice. The people have spoken on 8th March 2008 and the message to the PUTRAS was loud and clear. If the PUTRAS continue to treat the public like uneducated and illeterate swines - they are in for a surprise. It is time that the PUTRAS and their sweet talking cronies understood that the Public are no more fools to be ruled by racist policies.

One MUST agree. The Nation has no choice. It MUST remove the present Government if this Nation under God is to survive. and, the supporters and proponents of ISA be sent to Kamunting thereafter for a period of at least 5 years to savour the fruits available there.

8:37 PM GMT+8  

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