"Whether we like it or not, the ISA has been stigmatised as a negative element to the agenda of strengthening democracy and renewal in the country. So, this calls for the government to be brave to discard the old and open a new chapter," Abdullah Ahmad Badawi - former Prime Minister of Malaysia (17th July 2009)
- Bernama reported that former PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi hoped the Government should consider abolishing ISA which carries negative perception and replace with new laws for preventive detention while protecting the fundamental rights of the people. Earlier, Malaysiakini reported the same news when Pak Lah received his honourary PhD in democracy from UUM.
- Pak Lah was quoted by Bernama as saying
"Whether we like it or not, the ISA has been stigmatised as a negative element to the agenda of strengthening democracy and renewal in the country. So, this calls for the government to be brave to discard the old and open a new chapter," Abdullah Ahmad Badawi - former Prime Minister of Malaysia.
- In presenting his views, Pak Lah outlined his reasonings as :-
- ISA provides ernomous powers and scope which could be too wide ranging, in determining what constitutes to threats to national security;
- ISA has been stigmatised as a negative element to the agenda of strengthening democracy and renewal in the country;
- one solution is to limit the scope of preventive detention to certain threats only;
- draw up a new act specifically to prevent terrorist activities, hence reducing the chances of abuse of power for a political interest;
- Reading between the lines of Pak Lah's reasonings, it is clear that one of the positive effects of GE 12 is the government is now compelled to discard the old, draconian ISA which Pak Lah has inadvertently admitted has elements of abuse of power for political interest. Whose political interest? Certainly not the opposition. Does this statement implied that Pak Lah agreed to the suggestion that in the past ISA may have been used for political purpose? If so, what did he do when he was the PM?
- In a way, Pak Lah is endorsing a 2 party system in Malaysia. That of check and balance. That of a strong opposition so that their voices will not be stiffled and bullied in the parliament. Pak Lah is saying that a strong opposition can accelerate the ISA ammendment. Are you game? Game to join the crowd this 1st August 2009?
- Amongst others, Pak Lah was also reportedly said
"As a former home minister, I had signed numerous ISA detention orders, and with the government reviewing the law now, I feel compelled to give my honest view on the matter," Abdullah Ahmad Badawi - former Prime Minister
- Pak Lah admitted that he has signed numerous ISA detention orders. But Pak Lah never mentioned about his views on how many years is sufficient for a person to be placed under ISA. Signing detention orders is one thing, signing ISA release orders is another thing. How many times did Pak Lah signed the ISA release orders? Or maybe Pak Lah never sign any ISA release order?
- Why is Pak Lah talking about repelling ISA now? Is it because he is no longer in power? Is it because he wants to join the proposed anti ISA gathering this 1st August 2009?
- Maybe Pak Lah's statement is timely. It is time for the anti ISA gathering organisers to invite Pak Lah or rather Tun Abdullah to join the gathering and jointly head the procession to Istana Negara.
- If and only if Pak Lah agrees to join this coming 1st August gathering, I am sure his SIL can mobilise his UMNO youth to walk together with Pak Lah to Istana Negara. What say you? Agree or disagree?
- Hopefully, Pak Lah can joins us this 1st August 2009 together with SIL KJ. And just for assurance, Pak Lah don't have to worry about security. I am sure PAS's amal unit is more than capable to provide the seciruty to Pak Lah and his entourage.
- However, I know of another thing. If Pak Lah joins the anti ISA gathering on 1st August 2009, the other former PM will not be joining us. Reason? He can't see eye to eye with Pak Lah.
- Solution? Why not we let the other former PM leades the crowd to Istana Negara and Pak Lah brings up the rear. In that way, we have 2 former PMs' in our midst, they never "meet" each other during the gathering and we will have a very peacuful gathering. Najib will not dare to raise a finger against his political mentor and his political brother, both of whom are former Prime Minsiters.
- But alas...will the organisers think the same approach as I? Let's see...maybe in a day or two, we will know.
- Now that Pak Lah has spoken, when will Nazri "the hitman" Aziz comes up with his ISA revision? Let's see and then we can evaluate Nazri on his ministry's KPI and KRA, with regards to ISA ammendments...