Pewaris: Act against those who want to abolish ISAPosted: November 24, 2008
Representatives from an umbrella body of Malay and Muslim non-governmental organisations lodged five police reports Sunday over several issues which they claimed endangered Muslim and Malay unity.
The Heritage Associations, Malay Cultural Organisations and Related Bodies Cooperation Network (Pewaris) urged the Government to act against groups which are asking for the abolition of the Internal Security Act (ISA).
On the ISA, Dr Maa’mor said the group agreed that the Act was needed to prevent the outbreak of problems that might hamper national security.
Groups that are asking that the ISA be abolished are “endangering Muslim and Malay unity”? Seriously?
The ISA is a law in Malaysia that allows for detention without trial. The Home Minister, and him alone has the power to sign documents that could cause a detainee to be further detained for 2 years without trial, and subsequently extend the detention for an additional 2 years, every 2 years. Without trial, there can be no determining whether or not investigations are properly carried out. There is no need for proof, and one is assumed ‘guilty’ of being a threat to national security, because the Home Minister thinks so.
Groups that have been voicing concerns of this law that allows such arbitrary arrests are speaking for our rights as people to be given the adequate channels and platforms to argue our case in fair and public trial. How does this translate into “endangering Muslim and Malay unity”?
Pewaris is making it sound like as if without the ISA, Malays and Muslims in this country will be disunited and separated. Personally, I don’t see any logic in that. Why would the unity of ANY persons be hinged upon the existance of this law?
Unity does not come from the clamping down of different views and opinions. That is like using paper to cover fire – it doesn’t work.