We restarted the movement by refreshing the attendees what is this ISA Act and the history of it. For without knowing what it is & the history of it, we cannot contructively push for reforms.
Some quotes from the past, ironic & prophetic:
The Deputy Prime Minister (TunAbdul Razak): 21 JUNE 1960, in Parliament “He (ISA detainee) is detained because he represents a risk to the security of the country and not because he is a member of a lawful political party…… It is the enemies of democracy who will be detained.”
D. R. Seenivasagam, 1960, opposing the Bill “….powers given to the Police are so wide, so terrifying, that every citizen of this country will be in constant fear, in constant and absolute fear throughout the days of his life so long as this Bill remains law…..You pass this Bill, but remember that one day somebody else, perhaps, not as democratic as you are, may be sitting on that very Bench; and when that time comes you-perhaps not you but the children of those who to-day support this Bill-will say “My God! we regret the day we introduced this Bill into this House.”
K. Karam Singh, 1960, opposing the Bill “It makes this country a complete police State“
Chin See Yin, 1960, “if it is left in the hands of someone who is not fair, who practises something that is not good, or who is revengeful or vindictive, then it is going to cause harm to the country.”
Tun (then Dato’) Dr. Ismail “let these powers be abused, and you will see how the people in the country will rise against it“
Wanna read more?? Click ISA facts Part I – by Jaya
also check out ISA FAQ
Wanna know more?? Watch this space, and other fellow blogs for updates on when & where the next session will be.
Bring friends & family for a good Sunday evening of knowing more about a topic that has gained so much publicity (thru RPK, Hindraf5, GMI) but perhaps still very much lack the public knowledge of it.