Saturday, September 13, 2008

People & Power: Malaysia's Internal Security Act

Aljazeera uploaded this video on YouTube on 9 September 2008. Three days later, Malaysian home minister Syed Hamid Albar decided to play the Bad Guy and arrest three innocent citizens under the indefensibly cruel ISA, in what could be the start of another terror campaign against democratic principles and the people's yearning for internal regime change. I viewed this powerful short documentary on Din Merican's blog and immediately decided to spread the message.


Malaysia's Internal Security Act or ISA has its roots in the 1950s, when the country, then under British colonial rule, was fighting a Communist insurgency.

Almost six decades on and the Communist threat has gone but the law remains.

Opponents say many of the act's original checks and balances have been eroded over the years and the ISA is now being used to stifle political dissent.

But the government says the law is a necessary tool in the pursuit of social stability.

Aloke Devichand reports on those fighting to have the ISA abolished once and for all.