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Mukhriz Sokong ISA

Venue : Saloma Bistro, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

The Malaysian Insider
Mukhriz defends ISA, says it’s ‘misunderstood’
By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani

KUALA LUMPUR, July 30 - Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir today defended the Internal Security Act (ISA) and lamented that the public had failed to see the benefits from the controversial law that allows preventive detention but which activists say has been used against critics of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government.

Mukhriz added that Malaysians should not be against the ISA because the law ensures that the country remained peaceful and harmonious.

“The people cannot really see the benefits from ISA but if we realise that we are able to send our children to school and shop safely then we can see that all of these are from a government policy to provide protection to the people,” he said.

The 1960s law was enacted when the country was facing the communist threat but critics and human rights activists say it is now being used against political opponents.

Those previously detained include religious extremists, currency forgers and a nuclear parts middleman, but among detainees include opposition politicians and other activists.

Mukhriz explained that Malaysians were actually fortunate because the nation’s political situation was better compared with many other countries.

“The peaceful political situation will build a strong economy for the country. Let’s not do anything that will jeopardise this,” he added.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has promised a review of the ISA but it is still unclear which provisions will be amended.

Opposition politicians and activists have demanded the law be repealed.

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