It has been fanning outwardly provocative racial sentiments for quite a while now.
Alas, the Act has not been invoked where it (perhaps) should.
After all, this is one Act that allows:
“the detention, at the discretion of the Home Minister, without charge or trial of any person in respect of whom the Home Minister was satisfied that such detention was necessary to prevent him or her from acting in any manner prejudicial to national security or to the maintenance of essential services or to the economic life in Malaysia.”
(Taken from Wiki lock, stock and barrel.)
Perhaps the preamble of the law - accused of being draconian by some quarters - has changed.
Highly plausible, as it came out as a means to combat communists, then the odd racial bigots and suspected terrorists, and so on and so forth.
It was invoked once (or was it twice?) last year as “protective custody from life threatening threats” .
Thus the proposal to change the name of the Act to another is simply brilliant as it is quite the Caca Merba Act now.
What were our Constitutional forefathers thinking when they drafted this Act in the first place?
Really, the Anti-ISA marchers should not have bothered with their Saturday walk-the-streets and disrupt-the-shopping-spree programme.
They should have known it would be a BIG (blipping) waste of time and resources.
BERSIH came and went, then Hindraf, then quite a few others.
Have anything MAJOR really changed?
(Of there are changes, but minor ones don’t count.)
I mean, listen to what our PM is saying:
“We can provide them stadiums where they can shout themselves hoarse till dawn, but don’t cause disturbance on the streets.”
Shout all you want, but don’t expect anyone to listen.
The need for EARS is one reason why demonstrations are always street demonstrations and not stadium demonstration.
Then again, never in the civilized world has there ever been a stadium demonstration.
It would be a proud Malaysian achievement really, worthy of perhaps even a World Record addendum.
Now that’s something even the MSMs might just embrace with splash pages.
Alas, that would take the “fun” out of demonstrating, doesn’t it?
ISA = In Situ Activism.
What a riot.
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