21 Sep '11, 1pm

Malaysia to abolish the Internal Security Act (New Asia Republic)

Malaysia to abolish the Internal Security Act (New Asia Republic)

Protest against the 'Internal Security Act (ISA)' near the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur. (2006) So we had it. Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia announced on 15th September that the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) would be abolished, to be replaced by two new anti-terrorism laws. For unfamiliar readers, the ISA allows for detention without trial for individuals deemed to be a threat to national security, for up to two years. A legacy of British colonialism, the ISA was originally enacted with the intention to use it against communists and their sympathizers, but had since been utilized by the Malaysian government to round up people it deemed to be dissidents, a category which included opposition parliamentarians, academics, journalists, etc. For this, the Malaysian government had been subjected to repeated calls to abolish the ISA. I must confess that I did no...

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