Suaram and GMI have expressed their deepest disappointment on the government’s revelation on the amendments to the Internal Security Act.
The UK chapter of Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA took to the streets of London on Saturday, 26 June to demonstrate peacefully in front of the Malaysian Tourism office in Trafalgar Square.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch has found false promises and persistent human rights abuses in Malaysia in 2009. “The Malaysian government appears to be more interested in pursuing short-term political advantage than safeguarding rights,” said it deputy Asia director.
It is now being claimed by some that the Internal Security Act has been ‘misunderstood’ by a significant section of the Malaysian public. But Farish Noor argues it is the ruling elite who have ‘misunderstood’ the ISA and what it is meant to do. And for that reason, one understands why Malaysians from all walks of life now want us to move on from the despotism of the past and to discard such laws that have been abused for so long, too many times.
Not one person should be held in detention without trial as it violates basic human rights, asserts Norlaila Othman, whose husband has been detained without trial for seven years.
A people’s hearing publicly identifies those who were guilty of transgressions of human rights and acquits those who had been detained. Julian C H Lee has the story.