Zaid: ISA being reviewedPosted: May 23, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: Internal Security Act (ISA) and the deferred Special Complaints Commission Bill, are being reviewed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said.
He said the review of certain sections of the ISA was being re-looked into by Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Syed Albar, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and himself.
Zaid said the Cabinet had tasked them with review in its meeting on May 2.
“There is no plan to abolish ISA as we still need this preventive measure in this country but we are open minded and sensitive toward peoples’ demands,” he said while replying to points raised during the motion of thanks to the Royal Address.
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So, the ISA is being reviewed. In the same breath, he says that the ISA is still needed.
I wonder if it means anything at all.
But so far, Zaid Ibrahim has been quite consistent with what he says and what he does, so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt here. At least the ISA is being reviewed. Meaning that they acknowledge that something is definitely wrong with it.
I hope they don’t come up with something like: There’s nothing wrong with the ISA sort of crap.
The first things I hope to see from this “review” is that they return to the detainees their rights to free and just trial. If they don’t then they might as well have not wasted time looking into the issue.