The ISA is a leftover piece of the British colonial era, under which the government can detain people indefinitely on the grounds of national security. The recent call to remove this act began when 5 members of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) were detained in December (they have yet to be released); protests flared up with the arrests of RPK, Ms. Kok & Ms. Tan.
My opinion: delete the ISA.
- the ISA is a relic of the past, it should stay in the past. We are now in Modern Malaysia, we do not need to hang on to colonial oppressive enforcement acts.
- the very basis of ISA is an infringment on fundamental human rights; one should not be detained without trial for it is unfair & opposes the principle that "one is innocent until proven guilty".
- there is no need for this antiquated mechanism to display dictator-like powers. Malaysia has always boasted itself as a democratic country (a lot of issues pertaining to THAT tag), keeping the ISA would be a huge contradiction.
Maybe I'm not so well-informed but from what I gather, the ISA is nothing more than a tool to wield power that is authoritative, biased, uncivil & hypocritical. We don't need more crap on our hands. Cheers to modern Malaysia if the ISA remains an active, albeit outdated, part of Malaysia.