Sunday, September 14, 2008
Calls to end the ISA grow louder
The chorus to abolish the ISA has become louder over the past 48 hours. It is not there to protect us, let us not bluff ourselves or be bluffed. It must end because it is no longer relevant. So should the laws requiring a permit to start a newspaper or magazine. These are laws which have become outdated and are no longer applicable if Malaysia is to be a progressive nation. There are enough existing laws to stop politicians, journalists and the public who incite racial tension such as the Sedition Act. Use them to arrest the culprits. There should be no double standards in enforcing these laws if the government wishes to be respected. De facto Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim has spoken, so will there be many more in the days to come? It would not be easy for reformists like him who have stuck their necks out. He deserves our salute for speaking up. Malaysians are asking loudly whether the ISA itself has become a threat to the rule of law and our civil liberties.