From the Star:

Wanita Gerakan urges PM to sack Ahmad

KUALA LUMPUR: Wanita Gerakan has urged Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to sack Bukit Bendera Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail from the party immediately.

The party wing also asked for Ahmad to be charged under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for playing up racial sentiments and threatening national security, said chief Datuk Tan Lian Hoe.

She condemned the action of Ahmad’s supporters who tore up the photo of Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, saying it brought shame to Ahmad and the Barisan Nasional.

“It is rude for not respecting Barisan leaders. We regret his action and we are very upset with his irresponsible, shameful and overboard action,” she said.

A futile call, if you ask me. I have a sneaky suspicion that UMNO leaders are immune from the ISA.

Regardless, I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Malik Imtiar in his blog: Mr. Ahmad Ismail should NOT be held under the ISA.

Arrest Mr. Ahmad. Charge him with the relevant laws. Put him away in prison. Do whatever the law allows the authorities to do. Just do not use the ISA.

As much as I am disgusted at the actions of Mr. Ahmad and his Penang UMNO cohorts, we must be consistent in our principles.

ISA is an obsolete, draconian law that has no place in Malaysia. ISA should be abolished. No Malaysian should ever be detained without trial, regardless of whether they are alleged terrorists, racists, members of illegal organizations or public enemy number one. Every person has a right to a fair trial.

No ISA for Ahmad Ismail.

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