Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Malaysia to consider repealing Internal Security Act

Few days earlier, our MSM informed us that three more person were locked up under ISA

Yesterday's press statement from the MHA came a day after the 10th anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks, and as Singapore's leaders reiterated the importance of vigilance in tackling the terror threat.

He (Jumari) had undergone para-military training organised by the JI, including the handling of weapons and firearms. Jumari was apprehended in November last year and was deported to Singapore.

Samad, another JI member, was one of the pioneer members of the Singapore JI network, the MHA said. He had undergone terrorist training with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan in 2001 and fled to Indonesia following the crackdown on the JI network.

He (Abdul Majid) had "undergone para-military training in weapons-handling and the making of improvised explosive devices" at the MILF's Camp Abu Bakar in Mindanao, Philippines.

Incidentally, the racist apartheid Malaysia shows that they are making progress politically by considering to repeal ISA today. 

Below are excerpts from CNA.
There were strong rumours earlier this week that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak may be looking into possibly doing away with the controversial Internal Security Act......

Mr Hishammuddin (Home Minister) said: "I didn't say we are not going to abolish it. I didn't say we are not going to amend it but we are looking at all possibilities. As the prime minister said, we are looking at transformation.

"We've gone through the government transformation, we've gone through the economic transformation, which has traction, and now we got to look at the social and the political transformation. Malaysia is on the move and we have to get it right the first time."

The Home Minister himself admitted that the security act itself is outdated and a review is long overdue.

It is not clear whether the our news released on ISA is scheduled to coincide just before Malaysia announcement. On the backdrop of Malaysia's possible repeal, putting Singapore in a vulnerable light certainly diffuses lots of dissatisfaction. However, I cannot see any reason of denying those ISA detainees including Mas Selamat a fair trial. We could have him indicted if he is really guilty and lock him up. 

Thomas Jefferson wrote as below.
Why suspend the habeas corpus in insurrections and rebellions? The parties who may be arrested may be charged instantly with a well defined crime; of course, the judge will remand them. If the public safety requires that the government should have a man imprisoned on less probable testimony in those than in other emergencies, let him be taken and tried, retaken and retried, while the necessity continues, only giving him redress against the government for damages.

Examine the history of England. See how few of the cases of the suspension of the habeas corpus law have been worthy of that suspension. They have been either real treasons, wherein the parties might as well have been charged at once, or sham plots, where it was shameful they should ever have been suspected. Yet for the few cases wherein the suspension of the habeas corpus has done real good, that operation is now become habitual and the minds of the nation almost prepared to live under its constant suspension

While Malaysia is making great strides, PAP remains reactionary believing nothing is wrong with incarceration without trial indefinitely.

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