16 Sep '11, 11am

ISA relevant to S'pore, crucial for national security: MHA

SINGAPORE : Singapore's Home Affairs Ministry has said the Internal Security Act (ISA) continues to be relevant and crucial as a measure of last resort for the preservation of national security. It said this on Friday in response to queries from the media, after Malaysia announced the abolition of the ISA on Thursday. The Home Affairs Ministry said that Singapore and Malaysia are different, even though the ISA has the same roots for when both countries were British colonies. It said the respective societies have evolved. Even the Act itself has evolved. For example, a person arrested under the ISA in Singapore may be held in custody for up to 30 days, after which a Detention or Restriction Order must be issued or else the person must be released unconditionally. In Malaysia, the period of custody is double - up to 60 days. In addition, in Singapore, the President can veto ...

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