It is not just the ISA that must be repealed. All detention-without-trial laws and other repressive legislation must also go, asserts Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh.
Prime Minister Najib Razak’s announcement that the ISA and the Emergency Ordinance would be repealed has taken the nation by surprise. He also announced that Section 27 of the Police Act (on public assemblies) and the requirement for publishing permits to be renewed annually would be dropped.
Police moved in to disperse anti-ISA vigils last night and arrest some of those gathered in major cities nationwide. Yesterday marked 50 years of the draconian law.
The events were organised by the Abolish ISA Movement (GMI). In Petaling Jaya, 29 protesters were arrested. They were all released by dawn the next day.
Looking back at the Abolish ISA rally, Ravinder Singh Dhaliwal, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri and Stephanie Bastian pay tribute to these unsung Legal Aid lawyers who secured the early release of those detained during the rally.
In the light of the recent Abolish ISA rally, during which close to 600 people were arrested, Hishamuddin Yahaya takes comfort in the assurance that people power will ultimately win the day. Don’t underestimate their commitment and tenacity, he says.
Hassan Karim provides an eye-witness impression of the massive Abolish ISA rally in KL today, during which 589 courageous Malaysians were arrested.
Kuala Lumpur, 1 Ogos
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