Two years after the Prime Minister announced the repeal of the ISA, his administration has resurrected detention without trial. Kasthuri Patto recalls the suffering of ISA detainees.
Martin Jalleh compiles selected thoughts from Suaram director Dr Kua Kia Soong, who points out that detention without trial still exists despite the repeal of the ISA.
Perhaps we should celebrate even fleeting victories because the bad news, when it comes, can be rather depressing, observes Zaharom Nain.
Twenty five years ago, Malaysia witnessed what one person could do to sustain his lust for power. His unabated lust for power unleashed the worst traits in the Barisan Nasional to imprison 106 innocent Malaysians to keep the BN in power.
Change happens because ordinary people decide that they can no longer tolerate any action by the state that harms the greater common good, writes Christopher Chong.
Martin Jalleh wonders whether we can trust the BN government’s pledge that it will not abuse Section 114A of the Evidence Act especially given that it has abused the ISA – something Minister Nazri has openly admitted to.
The Prime Minister’s belief that the ISA has enhanced the political careers of those detained under this obnoxious law has prompted Martin Jalleh to come up with a novel proposal.
While Tun Razak at least had the gumption to meet up in with representatives of ISA detainees on a hunger strike in 1967 to try and end their fast, what have we got from his son Najib, asks Tan Pek Leng.
Tommy Thomas wonders if the Security Offences Bill is constitutional. The much inferior treatment of an accused when prosecuted under the Bill violates the fundamental right to equality, he points out.
That this administration is clearly violating every aspect of its commitment to a moderate approach to government is no longer surprising by now, write Ahmad Fuad Rahmat and Ahmad Farouk Musa.