Tuesday, February 19, 2008

ISA must be abolished.

"Vijaya Kumar A/L Patmanathan" vijayakumar.p@my.panasonic.com

The notorious Internal security Act has been used ever since its introduction by those in power to silence any form of opposition, uprisings and criticisms. Opposition leaders, trade unionists and leaders of various other organisations ie: HINDRAF leaders, who are considered a threat to the security of those in power are arrested and detained without trial for any length of period. The ISA allows for the detention of any person for a period of two years which can be extended any number of times at the whims and fancies of the Minister Of Home Affairs.

The abuse of the Internal Security Act has been so rampant that there are thousands of innocent citizens in this country who have been detained under this Act since its introduction.

Detention without trial is a violation of the rights entrenched in the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights and the country's Federal Constitution. Are these detainees to remain in the cells until their death? Why is the BN government so reluctant to produce them before court of law to face any charges so that these detainees will be able to defend themselves against any allegations? With the existence of ISA, visualise what would happen to the critics of the BN government who have still not been thrown into the detention camps. Such is the human rights record of Malaysia under the BN banner!

The BN government is always ready with the answers to criticisms about detention without trial, by stating that all cases of detainees are reviewed periodically by the Advisory Board., but it is a known fact that this Board is a powerless body which is constantly guided by the Special Branch whose officials are present at every hearing of a case by this Board. The Advisory Board merely exists in the name to lend credibility to those in power!

The ISA which has been grossly abused should be abolished for we have sufficient legislation to take care of any form of internal subversion.

Whilst still on this subject, I am reminded of the continued ban on the Amnesty International' s report on Human Rights in Malaysia which was published in 1978. Why these report is banned?? The BN government should lift the ban on the report so that Malaysians could have an opportunity to read about the views of this body - The Amnesty international.

A new government and leadership is needed to remove all anti human rights legislation and work towards the abolition of other legislations which have denied Malaysians, especially the Indians of their basic rights as enshrined in the Federal Constitution, The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights and the International Covenant of Civil And Political Rights.


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