Detain Dr M under ISAPosted: May 24, 2008
PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should be detained under the Internal Security Act, former UN rapporteur Datuk Param Cumaraswamy said.
He said Dr Mahathir’s public speech on May 17 in Johor Baru bordered on sedition. Dr Mahathir had allegedly used words with racial overtones in his speech.
Param said going by the reason for detaining 106 people during Operasi Lallang, when it was said they had indulged in “race-baiting” which threatened the majority of Malaysians, then surely the same criteria could now be applied to Dr Mahathir for apparently “resorting to racial tactics”.
He said while he was opposed to the use of the ISA, the principle of equality should require the Government to consider detaining Dr Mahathir before he did further damage.
“A dose of his own medicine which he administered to the 106 in 1987 should be in order to rehabilitate him in Kamunting,” he said.
Original article here.
Whatever it is, I still say no to ISA. If the ISA is wrong to start off with, there is no reason why it should still be used, no matter what the situation.
I agree that Dr M did say things that could have incited racial division. And as mentioned, if others are being charged for sedition over words that were less provoking, then surely Dr M is every bit as guilty, if not more.
Charge him for inciting racial hatred. Lodge a police report against him.
But NOT THE ISA.
The ISA is wrong, and it should NOT be used against anyone. End of story.
And please, there’s no such thing as “rehabilitation” in Kamunting. That place shouldn’t even exist.