The MCA feels that if the Internal Security Act (ISA) is really necessary, then it must only be invoked in the most extreme cases, says its president, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.

“Otherwise, this Act itself is a threat to the rule of law and fundamental liberties as enshrined in our Constitution,” he said in a statement Sunday.

Ong said in fact, even the drafter of the ISA, the late Prof RH Hickling, had said before that the Act was only intended against communist insurgents and those who were bent on armed struggle.

“If at all national security is threatened, there must be strong evidence to show that. Otherwise, such (ISA) detainees should be charged in the ordinary court of law where there are sufficient laws in place for this purpose,” he said. BERNAMA