Perhaps we should celebrate even fleeting victories because the bad news, when it comes, can be rather depressing, observes Zaharom Nain.
It is exactly one year since the Hindraf Five have been detained under spurious charges of having links with the Tamil Tigers of Sri Langka. The Barisan Nasional Government has had one whole year to substantiate this allegation and lay to rest their case in this sordid affair. But, to date, no evidence has been produced to convince doubting citizens that the government had not lied about this allegation.
The Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI)/Abolish ISA Movement (AIM) finds Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak’s statements that the “ISA has protected country from terrorism” (NST, 2 December 2008) and that “the main reason why there have been no serious acts of terrorism in this country is because we have in place the ISA” baseless and unconvincing.