Friday, September 16, 2011

Malaysia to abolish ISA

Malaysia will replace its ISA with 2 new anti-terrorism laws to better tackle the real security threats of today's world. They will also allow freedom of assembly according to international norms.

We should not do it just because Malaysia is doing it - that is not what I suggest. But we should really ask ourselves why we need these laws when all developed countries and hundreds of countries around the world can ensure security of its citizens without compromising their basic human rights - is this a false compromise? Is our police and intelligence so inefficient? In Singapore, the ISA has a history of being used against legitimate political alternativies, in particular, socialists who were trying to bring about a more equal society. Today these archaic laws are part of the climate of fear that persists in Singapoream society. As long as they exist, they will tie the PAP to an unglorious past and can be used if the regime feels it is under threat from progressive forces in this country. It makes it so much harder for this country to move forward politically and advance the interests of ordinary citizens.
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Malaysia to abolish unpopular security law
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia will abolish an unpopular,
colonial-era security law allowing detention without trial and relax other
measures curbing the media and the right to free assembly, Prime Minister Najib
Razak announced Thursday.

The policy changes are the boldest by Najib since he took the helm in April
2009 and are seen as a move to bolster support for his ruling coalition ahead of
general elections, which are not due until 2013 but are widely expected next
year.

Najib said the Internal Security Act, which allows indefinite detention
without trial, would be replaced with two new anti-terrorism laws that would
ensure that basic human rights of suspects are protected
. He pledged that no
individuals would be detained for their political ideologies.


Critics have long called for the security law to be repealed, saying that the
government has abused it to silence dissidents.

Najib said the government also would lift three emergency declarations and
amend police laws to allow freedom of assembly according to international norms.
He said a law requiring annual printing and publishing licenses would be
repealed, giving more freedom to media groups.

The move to have a more open democracy is "risky but we are doing it for our
survival,"
he said in speech on national television.

The speech was to mark Friday's anniversary of the 1963 union of peninsula
Malaysia with Sabah and Sarawak states on Borneo, six years after the country's
independence from British rule.

"It is time for Malaysians to move forward with new hope," he said. "Let
there be no doubt that the Malaysia we are creating is a Malaysia which has a
functional and inclusive democracy."

Najib's National Front has been working to regain public support after
suffering its worst performance in 2008 polls, when opposition leader Anwar
Ibrahim's alliance wrested more than one-third of Parliament's seats amid public
allegations of government corruption and racial discrimination.

The National Front's popularity recently took a dip after authorities
arrested more than 1,600 demonstrators and used tear gas and water cannons
against at least 20,000 people who marched for electoral reforms in Kuala Lumpur
on July 9.

29 comments:

Lye Khuen Way said...

Good for Malaysia. Another example of how far Malaysia has come & we in SG still think that we are more progressive / superior ?

Musicwhiz said...

I was truly surprised when I saw the news. Imagine Malaysia being even more progressive than Singapore when it comes to repealing laws such as ISA which are so "yesterday" and unnecessary.

Sadly, I think Singapore still has a long way to go before becoming politically open, and abolishing our own ISA will be an almost impossible leap forward for the PAP. As long as PAP are in power (yes even 60.1% is too high a %), we will most likely see a continuation of the ISA.

Anonymous said...

NO chance. LKY is a frightened old man.

shengz said...

It is obvious that the dominant political party in Singapore have been operating in a "thug and bully" all these years after the man in power fixed the socialists in dishonourable ways. It is almost impossible in his psyche to relent and respect alternative views much less political opposition. ISA has served his purposes well. The self serving underlings who serve him can only continue in like manner.

Anonymous said...

Malaysia boleh!
Singapure tak boleh!

Anonymous said...

Not a chance !

Not from one who disqualify the other for a mere 35 sec.

Barrie said...

I am not convinced. It's too early. Way, way too early to celebrate.

Malaysia abolishes ISA? It's too early too celebrate

Barrie said...

Sorry for this second posting. Need to do this to activate email notification. Forgot to do it the first time.

Anonymous said...

NO chance. LKY is a frightened old man. - 16/9/11 08:52





Bingo. You hit the nail on the coward's head.

Anonymous said...

Odds on that a funeral be held before 2016?

What are the symptoms that will indicate a split within the Party?

When will these symptoms appear?

How will they be manifested?

What signs, words or action can indicate that there is a shift in views from within?

So far, none.

Its a very well run, well oiled ship.Could it be push, pull or punish that keeps all in line?

Ghost said...

Barrie is correct. Let's just wait till we get more info about the 2 new anti-terrorism laws that will be replacing the ISA. I want to know what they are first before celebrating.

Anonymous said...

They will enact something like a Misc Offence Act or Public Disorder Act to punish public assemblies without permits, haha.

Anonymous said...

I was against ISA but mr Lucky has a good point. Our police is really inefficient except when against PAP political enemies.

Jonathan said...

I am for the repeal of ISA without any reservation.

Anonymous said...

You ever heard about an elephant chained all his life when unchained still behaved like a chained beast?

Anonymous said...

LKY ans ISA will not last forever. Just give them a few more years. Haha.

Anonymous said...

Repeal ...?
Remember that in the states ,USA & Britain & mayebe even in Norway, the Global Elite Cabal just need to create false flag operation to reintroduce their equivalent of the ISA......The Patriot Act to send us all back to stone age ha ha ....
But we must at least remain hopeful.... It is really us versus them & we are losing the battle. Or maybe we have already lost.

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone think that the Singapore government will follow suit? This is one weapon that they have which they can use whenever necessary for whatever, without having to give any justified reason or information to use it. Yes, they have used it on terrorists but they have also used it on ordinary people who they "THINK" are possible threat to the country. Yes by all mean have this ISA to punish the guilty ones but what about those innocents.

Anonymous said...

In Singapore, it's either you busy making lots of money or you try hard to make ends meet. Or somewhere in between.

So which ordinary Joe has time or bother to care whether ISA abolish or not?

But whatever lah, I think 60% will still vote PAP until GE 2016, at least.

Anonymous said...

This ISA is like having a joker card in your hand. You can play it any way you want it. Terrorists aside it is this joker card that will determine whether you are a threat to the country. That's what happened some time ago when a group of people is being prosecuted with.

Anonymous said...

No one says you are chained like a beast. One can always migrate.

Anonymous said...

http://www.razor.tv/site/servlet/segment/main/news/69418.html


LKY did not address the question that his two-child policy was the cause of the lack of singaporeans.

Earlier this year, LKY admitted he SHOULD NOT have implemented the 2-childpolicy in the 70s.

Now, he says that the 2-child policy in the 70s was immaterial. It was regardless as educated women stopped at two. In the 70s, they weren't many Singaporean ladies who entered universities.

LKY is now backtracking what he earlier admitted in the Straits Times.

He has clearly forgotten what he said. Either he is senile or he has realised that he shouldn't have admitted that his 2-child policy in the 70s was the root cause.

These days we don't hear LKY talking about coming out of his grave if something should happen to Singapore.

He is saying: Singaporeans will accept the foreigners regardless.

I hardly think so. I think Singaporeans will be offensive towards these foreign parasites.

Anonymous said...

/LKY is now backtracking what he earlier admitted in the Straits Times./

In the old days, no one could really track and keep a record on who said what for all to see especially with a very controlled media.

Fast forward to the present in the internet age, everything can be brought to a single point, dated, juxtaposed and published for all to see and decides who makes sense with all the talk or merely talking rubbish but thinking that it is smart.

Anonymous said...

""""Anonymous 16/9/11 22:39 said...No one says you are chained like a beast. One can always migrate.""""

No one says you are chained like a beast. And a beast can break free from the chain by voting out those that he does not like - hehehehe not necessarily that he must follow the often 'suggested' migratory option.

Anonymous said...

PAP is not here to advance the interest of ordinary Singapore citizens. They are here to advance their own interest - may it be Singaporean or otherwise!

Anonymous said...

Anon 17/9/11 07:56,

If you want to want to get the critical mass for Singapore to chnage, you wait long long lah.

In the past elections, the PAPies introduced the GRC, gerrymandering and cash payouts to swing in the dip in votes.

With TT as president, I expect the percentage votes for PAP to gove up in GE 2016.

Don't waste time. Many young SIngaporeans are planning to move out. Only the female Singaporeans are having it good here in Singapore.

Male Singaporeans are shit.

Anonymous said...

/Anonymous said...Anon 17/9/11 07:56,
If you want to want to get the critical mass for Singapore to chnage, you wait long long lah./

wait long long also must wait. once the change begins, another set of reasons will be given.

before the change, most people will say say wait long long. well, it took quite long for alunied grc to be breached.

whatsaysyou said...

I don't want to sound like a wet blanket but I have to say that just because ISA will be abolished doesn't truly mean that Malaysia is going to be all that totally free from being repressed. Something tells me that ISA will be replaced by another law which has similiar characteristics of ISA

whatsaysyou said...

I don't want to sound like a wet blanket but I have to say that just because ISA will be abolished doesn't truly mean that Malaysia is going to be all that totally free from being repressed. Something tells me that ISA will be replaced by another law which has similiar characteristics of ISA