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.

1 comment:

Gerald Wee Eng Kian said...

The chess player here looks at the 3 unjustified arrests as taking out the Knight, Queen and Pawn on the way to the King. I can understand why for RPK and TK, that reporter on the other hand is akin to shooting a cute kitten on the way to a tiger hunt.

I sense she was sacrificed simply because it can be done. What's worse, that it appears to be calculated to cause the greatest level of offense to the nation and media. If that is the case, her editor should be the one hauled up by the ISA for even allowing the story to be printed is a major cause of concern.

The rule is but for allowing the publication, the charge of sedition would not have occurred. Even then such a statement would have likely been vetted by BN's PR department before even going out.

Too predictable, as though it was written by a bad script writer and lawyer. Whoever this hack is should go back to law school and study causation, unless it is a via a phantom degree program by an equally ghostly university.

SO my thoughts and prayers go to all 3, especially to that young journalist caught in the middle by only doing her job.

There is a funny thing about both pawns and martyrs. They have the capacity to become larger than what they ordinarily are through a little effort. And this almost always occurs near something that can create the most impact. In any case, stupidity certainly rules in a party without a moral line.