Monday, May 26, 2008

Gerakan - Repeal, not review ISA

The Star- Monday May 26, 2008

GEORGE TOWN: The Internal Security Act should be repealed and not reviewed as suggested by Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
Using analogies, he said yesterday it was impossible to make a bicycle fly or Satan to become good.
When anything is evil, it should be abolished. There are no two ways about it. I would like to encourage all Malaysians to call on the Government to release all the ISA detainees and to repeal the Act.
“In the spirit of justice, it is our responsibility to be part of this cause to end this flagrant injustice and uphold the spirit of humanity
,” he said when opening the Human Rights Training Programme jointly organised by Era Consumer Malaysia and Penang DAP Youth Wing.

On May 23, Dr Koh, who was former Chief Minister, suggested that the Government set up a Parliamentary Select Committee to examine the various aspects of the ISA.
He said the review should make the Act compliant with basic human rights principles with clear criteria and safeguards.

However, Lim said it was internationally recognised that the detention of persons without trial was in violation of the rule of law, human rights and the principles of a democratic government.
He said the country’s future depended on the ability of all Malaysians to openly discuss and express their views on all issues.
Speaking to newsmen later, Lim said he would bring up the proposal to repeal the Act in Parliament.

Comments :-
Very well said by Gerakan, finally we can see the BN component parties are voicing the evil within ISA and the need to repael ISA.
All the major parties have made the similar call on ISA but not UMNO !!
They still want this draconian act to be there to allow themselves to misuse them for their political survival.
Larger Malaysians want to see the ABOLISHMENT of this act. It is time for UMNO to change thier stand.