Gerakan Says No To ISA Revival

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 (Bernama) -- Gerakan opposes the proposal to revive the Internal Security Act (ISA) in dealing with certain extremists planning to destabilise the country.

Its president Datuk Mah Siew Keong felt that it was a backsliding move that went against human and civil rights endorsement of the current society, thus the country should not revert to the notorious ISA era of uncontrolled executive power to accuse, adjudicate and imprison for indefinite periods without authority of the courts.

"The enactment and re-enactment of laws should best manifest the interests, will and requirement of the people, whereas ISA was widely regarded as draconian and unnecessasry in view of Malaysia's progress toward a 'develop nation' status.

"The government should indeed respect the people's will in our maturing civil society and committed to human and civil rights enhancement," Mah said in a statement.

He noted that the existing laws such as Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), Prevention of Crime Act (PCA), Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code were adequate to fight any serious crime.

Mah reiterated that the party would remain firm to categorically object the proposed re-implementation of ISA as Gerakan strongly believed in civil empowerment and advocating for human rights in Malaysia.

The multiracial party has been a seasoned campaigner against ISA in the past where Youth Chief Datuk Lim Si Pin even marched to the National Palace to submit a memorandum to Yang Di-Pertuan Agong calling for the abolition of ISA in July 2009 which served as a strong testament to Gerakan's resoluteness in protest against the ISA.

On Jan 9, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad suggested that the government brought back the repealed ISA to control the actions of the extremist minority which he said had undermined the country's stability.

 

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