As we travel our lifetime in this universe, we pass through gorges while at the same time enjoy the breeze. I will live this life to the fullest while sharing my thoughts in this cyber world.
Docendo disco, scribendo cogito (I learn by teaching, think by writing)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Zaid Ibrahim threatens to quit over ISA detention
De facto Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim today threatened to resign if the government continues to use the Internal Security Act, which allows detention without trial, against political dissidents.
Zaid Ibrahim called for the immediate release of Teresa Kok and Raja Petra Kamaruddin.
"We have a government that commits to laws and reforms, we can't be using old-style politics or resort to creating fear. We have laws and they (the detainees) should be charged in court.
"I'll try to meet with Prime Minister this week to convey to him my position. If (he considers) my position untenable, I will leave," he told Malaysiakini.
Zaid said ISA should only be used to curb terrorism, which was the reason why it was first enacted.
"The problem with the ISA now is that it is used against certain people, it is a very unjust law," he added.
The ISA is a relic from the British colonial era, used to combat the communist insurgency. The Act is now repeated invoked by the government to stifle dissent.
Commenting further, Zaid said: "I am very sad that people like Teresa, whom I know personally, can be seen as a threat. I can't see how a journalist doing her duty, or even Raja Petra, can be seen as a national threat.
"If their statements upset certain people, let the police investigate," the minister said, adding that he did not see the need for the government to use such a "strong-arm tactic" against political dissidents.
Zaid lamented that the latest ISA arrests dealt a blow to his six-month-long task of trying to regenerate the judiciary.
The minister conceded that his views on certain matters do not go down well with his cabinet colleagues.
"I don't want to make it difficult for him (Abdullah). If my views are inconsistent or unsuitable (to that of the cabinet's), I can leave the government.
"It (the crackdown) is a setback (on my work). The government wanted to change certain things, otherwise they don't need me (to be in the cabinet)," he said.
Let us indicate out support for Zaid Ibrahim's stand on the ISA. Zaid's strong message to the PM must be lauded and he needs the peoples' support so as to sent a strong message to the PM to cause him to change and stay relevant.
All bloggers are exalted to post this article to show their support. We need this message to be ringing aloud and truculent.
Related ISA News!
Human Resources Minister Dr S Subramaniam said as a government sensitive to the feelings of the people, it cannot be blind to the fact that a significant proportion of the rakyat abhor the ISA and would prefer it not be used.
"We have adequate laws in the country to deal with all forms of errant, irresponsible, and dangerous behaviour. Why not use them?
"The prospect of a person being detained without a chance of being heard and to defend himself is against the grains of present day popular belief," he added.