Barely a few days after de-facto Law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim quit cabinet over the used of ISA on civilians, today another minister asking review of the ISA.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim today called for a cautious review of the Internal Security Act (ISA), saying that calling for the abolition of the act was merely a political opinion which should not be expressed Bernama reported.
He said he agreed that the ISA was not 100 per cent perfect and that the sections which did not allegedly meet humanitarian aspects could be reviewed.
“I agree with this. In fact, this is the principle we have been subscribing to all along,” he told reporters here.
“When the time is right, there should be a review and it will not be contrary to any law,” he said.
On September 14, former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said 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.
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, news report said.
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 immediately released after being arrested for 18 hours and Teresa Kok was released on Friday September 19.
In Sarawak, the draconian act was used against social and political activists in Sarawak in the 1960s according to Malaysiakini.