ISA Ahmad Ismail? No way!Posted: September 9, 2008
I read Malik Imtiaz’ blog and saw THIS:
The call by Gerakan Wanita to have Ahmad Ismail detained under the Internal Security Act must not be acceded to.
And I thought to myself, what did I miss?
So, looking for news on this matter, I found THIS:
“If he is not detained under the ISA, the black and bloody May 13 incident will recur as a consequence of Datuk Ahmad Ismail’s actions,” – Tan Lian Hoe, Chief of Wanita Gerakan
The police have already conducted investigations under the Sedition Act. (I personally don’t agree with this, basically because I think the Sedition Act is flawed. A flawed law should not be flaunted.)
If I’m not mistaken, Tan is making this statement after what happened yesterday at the press conference that Ahmad Ismail called for, where he further reiterated his stand, and it is reported that he likened the Malaysian Chinese to American Jews.
Now. Let’s not get the Americans involved. I thought Malaysians never liked getting the Americans involved. So let’s leave them where they are.
And why bring up May 13?
In my mind, that is a veiled threat by Tan, whether or not she meant it to be one. Is she saying that she will accept no other action by the BN other than an ISA detention for Ahmad Ismail? I hope I’m wrong.
According to the same news article:
Though Gerakan has been a harsh critic of the ISA previously, Tan pointed out that since the Act has not yet been abolished, it might as well be used.
If something it wrong, you don’t use it. Period. End of story. You don’t use it and justify it “just because it’s there”.
The ISA is wrong. Nobody should be subjected to such draconian laws. And to those who think that the ISA should remain there until Pakatan Rakyat get into power so that PR can use it against the BN politicians, I say this to you: You can bet your socks that I am still going to be as vocal, if not more, if PR uses the ISA on ANYONE.
And Imtiaz had this to say:
…what Ahmad Ismail did and said are not grounds for a detention under the ISA. Nothing can be. The law is draconian, inhumane and wholly against constitutional freedoms that are central to our existence as Malaysians in a modern, democratic Malaysia.
UPDATE: This police report, as reported on the StarOnline, is more like it:
“This is criminal intimidation and such a threat should not have been uttered as reporters are only doing their job. Action should be taken against him under Section 506 of the Penal Code.” – Ng Wei Aik, on Azhar Ibrahim’s statement where he said that the reporter (in the Ahmad Ismail case) should be the first to be shot if any racial tension should occur.
Section 506 of the Penal Code states:
“Whoever commits the offense of criminal intimidation shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, or a fine, or with both; and if the threat be to cause death or grievous hurt, or to cause the destruction of any property by fire, or to cause an offense punishable with death or imprisonment, or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, or impute unchastity to a woman, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, or with fine, or with both.”