The Internal Security Act (ISA) should be used specifically to stem the activities of terrorists, communist subversives and those attempting to topple the government by force, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said Sunday.

He said the ISA should be used for the stated purpose and “we keep to that”.

The country has many laws which could be applied in issues such as racial tension and threats to national security, he told reporters at his residence.

Zaid was asked to comment on the detention of Malaysia Today blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, Seputeh Member of Parliament Teresa Kok and Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng under the ISA on Friday. Tan was released yesterday.

We have many laws which the police could have used to detain the three people without having to use the ISA. We have the Sedition Act and the Penal Code,” he said.