Pakatan: Abolish ISA

I hide nothing about my support for movements to abolish the ISA. I believe that it is basic human right to know what he/she has done wrong, and be allowed to defend themselves in a fair court. So imagine my surprise when I read in Malaysian Gate today about Pakatan Rakyat tabling a motion to abolish the ISA in the upcoming Parliamentary sitting.

Motion to abolish ISA by Pakatan – Malaysiakini

ISA was a pain in an ass for some people who called them self a politician. Malaysia under Tun Mahathir had established this system in order to prevent any act that violates the government and country peaceful..

Now, The Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition will table a motion at forthcoming parliamentary sitting to demand for the abolition of the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Malaysiakini learnt that the Pakatan, which has 82 opposition MPs, will table the motion on the first day of the sitting on April 28. It is learnt a joint committee of Pakatan Rakyat is drafting the motion.

Parliamentary Opposition Leader and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is expected to table the motion, which would also include the demand for the immediate release of the five detained Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders.

In an immediate response, DAP secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng declared his party’s undivided and unanimous support to the motion.

One of the Hindraf 5 – Manoharan – also won a state seat in Selangor for DAP in the March 8 general election while contesting as a detainee from Kamunting.

DAP’s Bukit Gelugor MP and party chairperson Karpal Singh had noted that Manoharan’s victory was a clear message that the constituents in the state seat of Kota Alam Shah did not perceive him as a threat to the security of the state.

Lim said the continued detention of Manoharan was not right and against the aspiration of Kota Alam Shah constituents.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, he said, should initiate the necessary steps to release Manoharan immediately to enable him to swear-in and take his rightful place in the Selangor state legislative assembly.

By detaining, Manoharan had been denied the right to serve his constituents and vice-versa,” said the Penang Chief Minister.

Read the full blog entry here.

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I’m not sure how much of the blog entry was his interpretion, or his own opinions, or whether the whole thing was purely what was being reported on the Malaysiakini.

Whatever the case, the Pakatan is getting major marks from me for wanting to table this motion in Parliament. Whether or not this gets done, we’ll see in another week or so. But now that it’s been out, I would be devastated if it isn’t.

I’m looking forward to what happens in Parliament, come end of this month.



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