We do not have to repeal the ISA. Which is why I am puzzled that the Government wants to repeal the Sedition Act.
Given a choice I would repeal the Sedition Act and maintain the Internal Security Act. I need to say something about the Internal Security Act. For all those people who are against the ISA (for reasons that you yourself do not know why) why dont you go and live in Egypt, India, Pakistan or Phillipines for a few months. You will then see what can happen in our country if we did not have an Internal Security Act.
I would ask you to go and live in the USA or UK too but they already have the Patriot Act and the Terrorism Act respectively. The American Patriot Act puts our ISA in the kindergarten.
Under our ISA every detention is widely publicised and sooner or later everyone knows exactly where you will be detained - usually in Kamunting. If you go to Kamunting, you can even see the ISA detention centre just off the Kamunting road. Detainees play badminton and their families visit them.
Under the USA's Patriot Act you can be held in "black jails" in many strange countries around the world. Black jails are jails operated by one country on behalf of the United States of America. In this region I believe Thailand may be operating a "black jail" for the Americans under their Patriot Act. Under the Patriot Act, the United States can arrest anyone they deem a threat to them and have him locked up in a 'black jail' without trial. And the term is indefinite. There are two Malaysians still being held in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for over seven years now. Our ISA does not come even close to the Patriot Act.
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