PM warns of ISA fireworks

KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 — Expect fireworks if the Speaker allows an urgent debate on the Hindraf 5 and other Internal Security Act detainees on Wednesday.

During the pre-council briefing to Barisan Nasional MPs yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi urged them to be ready for provocative questions from the Opposition, especially on the Hindu Rights Action Force issue and ISA.

He told them to hold their ground and not be cowed by the Opposition, saying that MPs from Pakatan Rakyat were under pressure from their supporters to deliver on their election promises of abolishing the ISA and freeing M. Manoharan, P. Uthayakumar, R. Kenghadharan, V. Ganabatirau and T. Vasantha Kumar.

DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang has filed a motion for an urgent debate tomorrow on the release of the Hindraf 5 and over 60 other detainees being held in Kamunting detention centre under the ISA.

Tomorrow will their first attempt.

Full article here.

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Glad to read that their previous statement saying that they will file a motion in Parliament to abolish the ISA is in fact, true.

Abdullah is right, there will be fireworks. But now that even one of his Ministers, Zaid Ibrahim, has openly stated that he feels the ISA to be “unacceptable”, there might be more than fireworks.

Let’s hope that whatever storms from this debate, if it happens, is one of sense and wit, not of stubbornness and stupidity.

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