KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 1 (Bernama) -- Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said it was impossible for the Internal Security Act (ISA) to be abolished but it could be amended or its name to be changed to be more appropriate with current times.
He said the country needed laws like the ISA, that could allow a person to be questioned before a matter or case could be taken to court, as well as needing other laws.
"Don't just look to our country only. See our neighbours or other countries. They too have laws more or less like ours or more stricter.
"The act is meant to enure economic and political stability so that there are no problems related to religion, race and culture and this is what the government stresses," he told reporters after officiating a political speeches course organised by the Cheras Umno division here Saturday.
Commenting on the gatherings in the city today by the Abolish the ISA movement (GMI) and the Majlis Permuafakatan Ummah (Perwaris), together with Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa), which wanted the ISA to be retained, Ahmad Zahid people should not be afraid of the ISA if they had not done anything wrong.
"I speak from my experience in 1988. Although I was detained under the ISA I accepted the situation. When I was questioned and investigated I was of the opinion that the police did their job profesionally,' said Ahmad Zahid.
At the same function, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Ahmad Maslan, said the Opposition merely wanted an opportunity to have a demonstration even when they knew that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would review the ISA.
"Actually they should give their views wisely, in writing, using facts if they wanted to make any suggestions, not by troubling the people, till the roads are jammed," he said.
or its name to be changed to be more appropriate with current times.
The changing of the ISA name to reflect the present is plain stupid because it will always be related to "national security" which government officials use on a whim.
Spirit Mineral Water and Aquafina Mineral Water is technically, just water. They're just different names. If the government can pull off some sort of marketing ploy to change our opinions of the ISA, I'll give you RM500... money which I do not have ready.
Don't just look to our country only. See our neighbours or other countries. They too have laws more or less like ours or more stricter.
And really, these idiot politicians have to stop comparing Malaysia with other countries. If they wanted to, compare themselves with US or UK.. one without an ISA anyway.. and stop comparing themselves with Singapore. Because that's like comparing the same pair of shoes and saying how different they are. Morons.
If you compare our petrol prices with other nations again, I'll bitch slap you.
Your economy and their economy same ah? Compare what?
I'll not say more because there's something growing under my eyelid and I'm hungry, but I'll end with this:
How are they going to be a developing nation when they won't let go of their security blanket?