23 Sep '11, 10am

MHA issues response to statement by 16 ex-ISA detainees

SINGAPORE: The government has reiterated that the Internal Security Act (ISA) remains relevant and necessary in today's security environment to keep Singapore safe. In a statement on Friday, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said it monitors the laws of other countries, but ultimately has to decide what is prudent in Singapore's context and best interests. The ministry was responding to a joint statement by 16 ex-ISA detainees on September 19 which took issue with the length of detention under the Act and with the ISA Advisory Board process. It said the 16 were detained for their involvement in subversive activities that threatened national security, and not for their political beliefs. It added that their allegation that "the protection accorded by the Advisory Board is spurious, if not a farce" is also baseless and unwarranted. Giving details, the MHA said nine of the e...

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