Two more days to go … and another sign of restlessness in the ranks.
De facto Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim has come out openly to say he is willing to resign for his principles. He believes that the ISA should not be used on civilians, according to a report in The Star online. He says the ISA should only be used against terrorists and those out to topple the government by force.
“I will seek a meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to have a frank discussion about this issue to seek his views as soon as possible,” he told reporters.
“I know I am breaking rank here … I am prepared to face the consequences. If I am told to resign, I will do so.
“I am not a trouble maker and I don’t want to cause any trouble for the Prime Minister, but I have my principles and will always be a vocal critic of the use of the ISA.
“I joined his administration to make changes and everybody knows, I am also for a more open form of media reporting,” he added….
He said by using the ISA randomly, the Government was sending out a message that it does not trust the capabilities of its own enforcement agencies, such as the police, in maintaining peace….
“In this latest episode, we (the Government) have generated an impression of selective prosecution since no action was taken against the person who allegedly uttered seditious remarks.
“We are saying that we are only acting against those who are disloyal to us.”
“The Government needs to change and Cabinet members need to realise this — we have to be progressive.”…
“I agree we have many issues and sensitivities to address but for me, racial disharmony is a seasonal thing in Malaysia. We must engage in open dialogues and discussions to resolve these issues,” he said….
“If our court system is too slow, we must … make it more efficient by hiring more prosecutors, while the police must conduct proper investigation to acquire credible evidence,” he said.
Good for you, Zaid, but you should go one step further. Call for the total repeal of the ISA, which is what an increasing number of Malaysians want. It is an immoral law that goes against all principles of natural justice and international human rights standards.
Release all ISA detainees or charge them in open court!