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Wan Azizah Calls For Release Of All I.S.A Detainees

(Bernama) KUALA LUMPUR, April 30 -- Opposition Leader Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail Wednesday reiterated her call to the government to release unconditionally all Internal Security Act (ISA) detainees or try them in open court.

She said that since its formulation in 1960, the ISA had become the most powerful tool for the Executive to detain an individual or a group without trial.

The Member of Parliament for Permatang Pauh claimed that the ISA had curtailed freedom of the individual, enhanced the power of the Executive, weakened the power of the courts to examine any injustice, and posed a threat to human rights.

A total of 10,711 people had been held under the ISA since 1960, she said when debating the royal address in the Dewan Rakyat, here. Currently, 70 people are being held under the ISA at the detention camp in Kamunting, Taiping, in Perak.

PAS president and MP for Marang Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang spoke in support of Wan Azizah, saying the ISA was no longer necessary for Malaysia if the government genuinely practised a democratic system.

"The ISA was introduced when the country was facing an emergency and it was retained even after independence. This is not necessary," he said.

He also said that continuing to use the ISA would portray that the country was not stable and peaceful.

Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (BN-Pasir Salak), however, disagreed with them.

He said the ISA was necessary to ensure that the country's security and stability were not undermined, considering that Malaysia was a cosmopolitan nation.

 

 

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