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ISA to be repealed?

September 20, 2011

Not really … not when Putrajaya will look to US, UK, Australia anti-terrorism laws for the new ones!

Still, credit is due our PM Najib Razak for chest-thumping the seemingly unthinkable just before Malaysia Day 2011. (13th GE in the air or is it my imagination?)

But before all of you get euphoric or disgusted about the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) being repealed (after the coming parliamentary sitting agrees to its annulment), do consider this, the “new laws” that are going to replace it ARE NOT necessarily going to be less oppressive. Not when the politician and his people are already telling you straight to your face that they will be looking at the US Patriot Act 2001, the UK Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 and the Australia Anti-Terrorism Act 2005 for reference or guidance. I wonder if the controllers of the world have an ‘influence’ behind-the-scene in this repeal. My bet will be the “new laws” are going to get worse. A lot worse. The net result will most probably be equivalent to us jumping from the frying pan into the fire. (I may be wrong. I would love to be proven completely wrong on this supposition and be laughed at till I drop dead. Only time will tell.)

So Ibrahim Ali and his followers have no need to jump up and down and get their underwears twisted into knots. Or is this simply a ‘wayang’ to show disapproval so that the opposition sheeple will be manipulated sufficiently to clamour for the “new laws” to be voted in like idiots who are ignorant of the Hegelian dialectics put into action?

By the way, what were Martha Steward (previously convicted for 4 felonies) and what’s-his-name that ends something like ‘shagging’ doing at our National Day event? Diplomats I can understand but why tv personalities also invited now? Was the event a ‘dog and pony’ show or party (that’s how thestaronline reported it) or what? Get real folks this is, for all intent and purpose, a somber day of remembrance for breaking free from the shackles of colonialism! Whose stupid idea was it anyway to invite the riffraffs at the rakyat’s expense?

No matter which side of the political divide one is on, how many really know what these Acts of the West are all about and whether they have benefited the people or benefited those who wanted these ‘terrorism laws’ passed? Go do some research and you’ll know the answer. Alex Jones and David Icke are good places to start.

Also, take some time out to view these videos …

The ISA can be repealed and there’s no necessity for “new laws” to replace it. Our existing laws are sufficient to cover every possible crime there is. But whether these current laws are judiciously enforced to be really effective on ‘small fries and big fishes’ alike is another matter. So a big NO to the “new laws” being considered. Not when greater limitation of our civil liberty and freedom seems to be the real agenda under the likely behest of conniving, fascist neocons and oligarchs for achieving an evil new world order. Power, money and sex – for enticement, entrapment or blackmail – can be and are real motivators for its speedy accomplishment. Our representatives of the people in parliament better stay awake and not be deceived.

For your reference, the following are some of the news reports about the impending ISA annulment as announced by our PM Najib …

New Straits Times

2011/09/16

No more ISA

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak delivering his Malaysia Day message in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. — NST picture by Abdullah Yusof

Najib announces legislative changes to boost democracy

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday announced an orderly “political transformation”, seeking the repeal of the Internal Security and Banishment acts.

He also said the government would look at making major amendments to the Printing Presses and Publications and Restricted Residence acts.

“As I promised in my inaugural speech when I first took over as prime minister on April 3, 2009, that the ISA would be reviewed comprehensively, I am glad to announce on this historic night that the ISA will be abolished.” To prevent subversive acts, planned acts of violence and terrorism, he said two new laws would be drafted to preserve public peace and order.

Najib said publications would also no longer need to renew their licences annually as they would now be valid until they were cancelled by the government.

The government will also be reviewing Section 27 of the Police Act 1967, which deals with freedom of assembly, which is guaranteed by Article 10 of the Federal Constitution.

However, Najib said the government still strongly held on to the principle that there should not be any street demonstration, but added that the specifics on the right to assemble would be established later by taking into account international norms.

Announcing the reforms in his Malaysia Day message last night, Najib said the government would not hesitate to amend or abolish any laws that were no longer relevant.

On the two new laws, he said the government would ensure the basic rights and freedoms of those involved were preserved.

“The new laws will have substantially shorter detention periods by the police and further extensions could only be done by a court order, but laws regarding terrorism will remain under the jurisdiction of the (home) minister.

“On another point, the government is also giving its commitment that no individuals will be detained solely for their political ideologies.” Generally, said Najib, the reforms meant that the power to extend the detention period was moving from the executive to the judiciary wings of the government, except where terrorism was concerned.

He also announced that the government would table a motion in Parliament to declare an end to all the states of emergency which had been announced before this.

(Only the emergency declared during the Confrontation with Indonesia had been officially ended.) Najib said this decision was made as the nation’s reality had now changed and the government felt the pulse of the people and also their aspirations in seeing a more dynamic democracy, on a par with other democracies in the world.

“It’s time Malaysians head towards a future with a new paradigm based on new hopes and not be held back by historic nostalgia.” Najib said in preparing the people to face unusual threats to the nation’s safety and well-being, special measures were needed, which sometimes seemed out of sync with democratic norms.

“This is a global reality and widely accepted. This is not something unusual or foreign.

“It is proven as countries like the United States and United Kingdom have drafted special laws to handle terrorists threats post-Sept 11.” He said the key point was to maintain a balance between national security and individual freedom.

For instance, he said the freedom of speech enshrined in the Federal Constitution did not mean that people could use it to slander or incite hatred.

Najib said Malaysia and its people were now at a crossroads and the choice they now made would determine the nation’s fate and also the shape of the nation that would be inherited by future generations.

“But the question is, are we able to go past our prejudices and can Malaysians from different backgrounds, socio-economic status and ideologies reach a consensus not to give in to hatred and suspicions that will lead down a valley of indignity?” He said the answers were clear and the steps that he had announced were the early initiatives of a political transformation for the nation.

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The Star Online

Friday September 16, 2011

Najib announces major changes in controversial laws as Malaysia Day gifts

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians received a significant Malaysia Day present in the form of greater civil liberties and democratic reforms under sweeping changes announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Saying that the country is evolving and the people wanted more freedom, Najib outlined the historic announcement in his Malaysia Day eve address that was telecast live on TV.

The changes, he stressed, were to accommodate and realise a mature, modern and functioning democracy; to preserve public order, enhance civil liberty and maintain racial harmony.

All these changes will need to be tabled in Parliament.

Six of the best

>The Internal Security Act (ISA) 1960 will be repealed.

– In its place, two new laws will be enacted to safeguard peace and order the detention period will be reduced and can only be extended by the courts, except in cases involving terrorism.

>Three remaining emergency proclamations to be lifted are:

– Emergency 1969, Emergency 1966 (Sarawak) and Emergency 1977 (Kelantan).

>Banishment Act 1959 will also be repealed.

>The annual licence renewal requirement for newspapers and publications will be replaced with a one-off permit by reviewing the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

>Reviewing the Restricted Residence Act 1933.

>Allowing greater freedom to assemble by reviewing Section 27 of the Police Act 1967 by taking into consideration Article 10 of the Federal Constitution which guarantees every citizen with the right to freedom of speech and assembly

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The Malaysian Insider

Putrajaya will look to US, UK anti-terrorism laws, says Hisham

By Melissa Chi
September 16, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 16 — Putrajaya will look to anti-terrorism laws from the West as models to replace the Internal Security Act (ISA) which is to be repealed under a raft of reforms announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the Patriot Act in the United States, the Anti-terrorism Act in the UK and Australia will be considered in drawing up new security laws for Malaysia.

“All these can be examples for us to foil potential terrorist acts,” he told reporters after the prime minister’s address to the nation last night.

“It is another chapter of the journey which we announced earlier and a lot of work has now got to go into the two Acts that were announced and actually the balancing between national interest and security and civil liberties is the balance that we need to achieve,” he added.

The home minister said the two new Acts proposed to replace the ISA will cover terrorism and national security. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the new laws will still allow detention without trial.

Hishammuddin (picture) had denied on Tuesday speculation that the government will abolish the ISA — a possible indication of resistance among security officials and right-wing elements in Umno to purported plans by the prime minister to repeal the controversial law.

Despite talk coming from sources in Najib’s office in recent days that the PM was mulling a repeal of the law which provides for detention without trial, the home minister insisted that the law would only be “adjusted and amended.”

“So as far as KDN (Home Ministry) is concerned, we were fully aware that this transformation needed to be made but the two years that it took us to get here is finding the balance and the events that took place around the world, events that took place in Malaysia helped us in shaping what the prime minister announced today,” Hishammuddin said.

He reiterated Najib’s remarks, saying that the country was no longer in a state of emergency and all the Emergency Declarations will be looked into.

“Those are related to the emergency conditions and that was the basic premise of what the prime minister said that we are no longer in a state of emergency.

“So not only just ordinances but even institutions and agencies that fall within emergency ordinances have to be relooked at,” he said.

Hishammuddin said as far as the emergency ordinances were concerned, that has only been debated recently and the Attorney-General’s office as well as other agencies have to be consulted.

“Because what PM announced today is the general principles operationally, it’s got to be taken into account later.

“Specific ordinances, once we have consulted with the Attorney-General, once we have consulted with the agencies involved, then we will come out and actually state,” he said when asked if the other detention without trial laws will be repealed as well.

He stressed that the abolishment of the law was not a “political election promise”.

The ruling Barisan Nasional coalition is seeking to appease voters who abandoned it during 2008 polls on complaints over the slow pace of promised reforms.

On Monday, The Malaysian Insider reported that Najib could dismantle the ISA as early as this week as he seeks to gain new momentum ahead of a general election expected within a year.

A legacy of Malaysia’s fight against communists, the ISA allows for the indefinite detention of people seen as a threat to national security but critics say it has become little more than a government tool to quell dissent.

Najib released 13 detainees under the ISA when he assumed office.

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The Star Online

Published: Friday September 16, 2011 MYT 8:41:00 PM

Nazri: Repeal of ISA only next year

 (File pix from another source)

KUALA LUMPUR: There will not be enough time for the Internal Security Act (ISA) to be repealed when Parliament sits next month.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said new legislation to replace the ISA would only be introduced in Parliament next year

“We can’t repeal the act in October as we must ensure that those held under the various acts and who need to remain under detention are still held,” he told AFP.

“So we can’t just abolish the acts overnight without considering national security,” he said, adding that time was needed to work out the details.

Nazri, who is the minister in charge of legal affairs, said the draft laws would be tabled during the next assembly in March.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said those detained under the ISA would remain in custody until the two new Acts are enacted.

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