Guan Eng: Repeal, not review the ISA

GEORGE TOWN: The Internal Security Act should be repealed and not reviewed as suggested by Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

“When something is evil, it should be abolished. There are no two ways about it,” he said.

“I would like to encourage all Malaysians to call on the government to release all ISA detainees and to repeal the Act.

Lim said it was internationally recognised that the detention of persons without trial was in violation of the rule of law, human rights and the principles of a democratic government.

“A draconian government is more frightening than a ferocious tiger. What we need are institutions that protect the interests of the people,” he added.

Speaking to newsmen later, he said he would bring up the proposal to repeal the Act in Parliament.

Full article here.


This proposal to repeal the ISA, I’ve been hearing about it since before Parliament had their first sitting. And it still hasn’t happened yet. Perhaps there are complications that a normal rakyat like me can’t really see and understand, and I can accept that.

But this is already not the first time they said they will file the motion in Parliament to propose to repeal the ISA. Wan Azizah said it before the Parliament, Lim Kit Siang said it after a week of Parliament, and now Lim Guan Eng is at it. So when is it going to finally happen?

I’m really glad that there are politicians like them that openly express their opposition of the draconian act, but as politicians, they have to do more than just “say” that they will file for a motion. They have to go through with it. Otherwise, they would be the same to the other politicians who are all “just talk”.

I’m hoping that this talk about filing a motion in Parliament against the ISA won’t end up as all “just talk”. But so far, I have not been shown otherwise.

But because they are the only ones who have the voice in Parliament, I’m going to continue putting my faith in their stand. I am, and will be waiting for news from the Dewan Rakyat.


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