This is where I was on Friday night:
It actually took me awhile to get a write-up on this thing though, because my thoughts are still jumbled.
I guess it's no secret that my biggest political passion is not the fuel subsidy, Pakatan Rakyat, or HINDRAF (though I believe they all are worthy causes) but abolishment of the Internal Security Act known to Malaysians simply as ISA.
Not that I've never had any reservations over calling for this act to be repealed.
There was a reason for its conception - and that was during the days of communism, where guerilla warfare required quick action.
That included arresting suspects without full evidence, because at the end of the day, it IS preventive detention.
We still have terrorists in this day and age. Both Jemaah Islamiyah and Al Ma'unah were known to thrive in Malaysia at one point, though to date, they are lying low.
The latter, in fact, were responsible for trying to destroy a Hindu temple at Batu Caves, the Anchor and Carlsberg breweries in Shah Alam, and an electric tower.
Not only that, they were responsible for the deaths of Corporal R. Sanghadevan of the Special Branch and an Army commando, Trooper Mathew anak Medan. Both men were painfully tortured before they were killed.
These Al Ma'unah guys are nasty. Are they a threat to national security?
You betcha ass.
So are they under the ISA at this point?
That's the million-dollar question, really. From various news sources, 4 were sentenced to death, 15 released because "they had repented" and no solid news about the rest. There were originally supposed to be 27 altogether.
Which brings me to another question. Why should they be held under the ISA instead of being charged in court with evidence and witnesses?
I think you know the answer as well as I do.
The current UMNO government cannot afford a thorough investigation, because it will show up their links with these terrorists. This is something they must hide.
And what better avenue than the ISA to hide nasty bits of humans and information?
This has to end.
We simply cannot allow people, even if they ARE the government to continue abusing the laws of this nation to suit their personal interests.
And for that reason, the ISA has to be repealed and abolished.