Cermin Sanubari – Selamat tinggal ISA (bahagian 2)(10 Oktober 2011)

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Dalam bahagian pertama rencana ini yang disiarkan pada 26 September lalu, saya menjelaskan sedikit sebanyak mengapa terdapat begitu banyak kritikan terhadap Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri 1969 atau lebih dikenali sebagai ‘ISA’. Pada bahagian kedua ini pula, saya ingin memberi pandangan tentang cadangan pemansuhan ISA, terutama sekali tentang dua undang-undang baru bagi menggantikan ISA.

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Cermin Sanubari – Selamat tinggal ISA (bahagian 1)(25 September 2011)

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Seperti yang kita tahu, sehari sebelum hari Malaysia Perdana Menteri Malaysia telah membentangkan ucapan yang bakal mengubah landskap demokrasi dan kebebasan di negera ini. Di dalam ucapan tersebut, beliau telah mengumumkan bahaw Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri 1969 atau lebih dikenali sebagai ‘ISA’ akan dimansuhkan terus dan diganti dengan dua akta yang baru untuk mencegah perbuatan subversif, keganasan terancang dan perbuatan jenayah bagi memelihara ketenteraman dan keselamatan awam.

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A Humble Submission – Merdeka on the eve of Malaysia Day (22 September 2011)

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Even before the historic speech by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on the eve of Malaysia Day, there were rumours swirling around that this was a speech that should not be missed. More

ISA: Kita Masih Perlu Lawan!

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Dilaporkan oleh Malaysian Insider bahawa 5 tahanan ISA termasuk Mat Sah Satray yang telah ditahan lebih 7 tahun telah dibebaskan.

Malam ini, seorang suami pulang ke pangkuan isteri. Seorang ayah pulang ke dakapan anak.

Malam ini, tangisan hiba selama tujuh tahun bertukar kepada jemari yang mengangkat syukur ke hadrat-Nya.

Kebebasan!

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Where were you, HINDRAF?

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All in all, some 20,000 to 30,000 people participated in the anti-ISA rally last Saturday.

I did not join, because I am not by nature a street protester. But that doesn’t mean I don’t support the case or that I do not agree with demonstrations. It just means that personally prefer to not protest on the streets.

HINDRAF, however, has taken it to the streets before. That was in 2007. It lead to the detention of five HINDRAF leaders under the ISA.

Many demanded for their release, along with other ISA detainees. They fought HINDRAF’s cause to free its leaders.

Then our prime minister came to power and he released all HINDRAF detainees. The organization splintered into many different entities.

Yet none of them were present last Saturday.

Why? Civil society pressured so hard for the release of the HINDRAF five, now you’re going to abandon the cause because your leaders are free? Are you going to do an Ibrahim Ali in saying that the ISA is ‘needed’ even though your leaders have been detained under the law before?

What’s your stand on the ISA now, HINDRAF?

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Malaysia and Gitmo

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So brand-spanking new U.S. President Mr. Barack Obama wasted no time in ordering the controversial Guantanamo Bay to be closed within a year.

Malaysia quickly made its views known. Prime minister Mr. Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that Malaysia two of its citizens detained in Gitmo to be returned to Malaysia. The New Straits Times reported:

PM wants two Guantanamo inmates to be tried here

THE two Malaysian prisoners held at the Guatanamo military prison should be released to the Malaysian government so that they can stand trial in the country, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said yesterday.

The prime minister said the authorities would contact the US government for more information on Mohd Farik Amin or Zaid (Zubair) and Mohamed Nazir Lep or Bashir Lep (Lillie), who have been detained there since 2003 for suspected links with terrorist groups Jemaah Islamiyah and al-Qaeda.

“We would like them to be deported and tried accordingly (in Malaysia). If they are found guilty, they will continue to serve their jail sentences in Malaysia,” he told Malaysian journalists here on Friday night.

He flew to Kuala Lumpur yesterday at the end of a six-day working visit to strengthen bilateral ties with Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

The prison had been ordered to close within a year by newly-elected US President Barack Obama.

Some 250 inmates accused of links to terrorism are being held there with 21 cases pending in court.

Abdullah welcomed the US move to close the controversial military prison, adding that it was the beginning of change under the Obama administration.

“It looks like the US president is keeping his word and that’s a good start. We hope to see many more changes in the US administration.”

The two Malaysians were detained by the Bush administration, which claimed that they were suicide operatives for an al-Qaeda “second wave” attack targeting Los Angeles.

According to Reuters, a draft issued by the Obama administration said that anyone still in detention at Guatanamo after its closure would be returned to their home country, released, transferred to a third country or transferred to another US detention facility.

On Thursday, Obama made good his promise to close down the prison and to halt harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects.

It would, however, be a long and complicated process to determine the fate of the inmates, many of whom have been held for years without trial.

US judges had suspended several of the military trials of terror suspects at the prison following Obama’s executive order.

The military prison was established at a US naval base in Guatanamo Bay, Cuba, after the Sept 11, 2001, attacks on the US

I find our ‘official’ stance on Gitmo as highly hypocritical. Really, there isn’t much difference between Gitmo and Kamunting. We cannot condemn one while upholding the other.

When Mr. Abdullah said that he wants the Malaysians to be returned to Malaysia to be tried here, I wonder if he means that the two suspects will be re-arrested under the ISA. After all, many who are suspected to be involved with Jemaah Islamiah are still languishing in Kamunting, without any possibility of having a fair trial in a court of law. If that be the case, it’s just a matter of substituting one detention centre and replacing it with another.

Oh and the same matter, today’s the Star had this ‘gem’ from our beloved Home Minister, Mr. Syed Hamid Albar:

On a separate matter, Syed Hamid said the American-run Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba should not be compared to the Kamunting detention camp for Internal Security Act detainees.

Unlike Kamunting, he said Guantanamo Bay was located on an island.

Yes, according to him, Gitmo and Kamunting are different because the former is located on an island.

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