Don't waste our time getting distracted with the ISA, OSA, UUCA, etc. The root cause of our problem is UMNO's determination to hang on to power by whatever means possible, including cheating at the polls.

The solution then is not to repeal the ISA. The solution is to get rid of UMNO.

UMNO Must Go!

An affront to human rights

Posted by admin
Sunday, 19 April 2009 11:13

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman, who was Attorney-General between 1980 to 1993, says the Internal Security Act has been abused for too long and hopes there will be a ‘meaningful review’ or a total repeal of the Act.

By Shahanaaz Habib (The Star)

Q: The Prime Minister has called for a comprehensive review of the Internal Security Act. Suhakam has been calling for a review from as far back as 2002. What is your response?

A: The fact that the new PM has attached much importance to human rights augurs well for the future of Malaysia. He has made the commitment and we hope it will be a meaningful review in compliance with the principle of human rights.

We fully support an extensive review of the ISA – although it falls short of our recommendation to completely repeal it. When I was appointed Suhakam chairman in 2002, one of the first things I asked for was a review of the ISA. Based on our review, we recommended in 2003 that it be repealed because of the possibility of abuse. But what we got was repeated statements by the relevant ministers that the ISA is still necessary and here to stay.