Sep 20, 2008

ISA MUST GO!


ISA MUST GO!


The Bar Council has made the call for the repeal of the Internal Security Act and other related draconian laws and this is a positive move forward for all Malaysians as it had been proven again and again that the ruling government had misused and employed this act for its own political advantage and a means of FEAR Mongering (the use of fear to influence and leverage the opinions and actions of others and is often used as a political tactic to frighten its people towards a political bias). (Read More on Fear Mongering HERE)


The ISA allows for indefinite detention without trial and is a brutal and evil act that is inhumane and detainees are subjected to mental torture and trauma as they are put in poor living condition and given unhealthy food and isolated from the outside world and restrictive visits by relatives and reprieved of the legal right to defend any allegations in an open court.


The TIME and the OPPORTUNITY is NOW for all MALAYSIANS to show relentless and resolute determination towards the abolishment of this LAW OF EVIL. This is the time to SPEAK OUT and ACT OUT by participating in any way that you can in any activities that call for the abolishment of this law and do your part as a MALAYSIAN UNITED as ONE.


And as a Start Sign the Petition as called by The People’s Parliament to FREE RPK and ALL ISA DETAINEES HERE!


Remember, the ISA and other draconian laws are being used on Malaysians and you could be next or someone you know or in future maybe your children or their children or their children and in fact anyone can be a victim of this act if it is not abolished.Stand up and be counted as the generation that contributed to the repeal of the ISA.


The Malaysian Bar held an Extraordinary General Meeting today (Saturday 20th September 2008) on the Internal Security Act (1960) where the motion was unanimously agreed and they are as follows:


THE MOTION

WHEREAS

THE MALAYSIAN BAR:

(a) Outraged that the Internal Security Act 1960 ('ISA') has recently been used to arrest Raja Petra Kamaruddin (a blogger), Tan Hoon Cheng (a journalist) and Teresa Kok (a member of Parliament);


(b) Deeply concerned that at present, there are more than 60 individuals detained under the ISA;


(c) Reiterating its earlier call, by its resolution of 15 March 2008, for the immediate and unconditional release of all persons presently detained without trial, including Manoharan a/l Malayalam, Uthayakumar a/l Ponnusamy, Kengadharan a/l Ramasamy, Ganabatirau a/l Veraman and Vasantha Kumar a/l Krishnan;


(d) Asserting the importance of upholding the Rule of Law, as enshrined in the Federal Constitution and the Rukunegara;


(e) Reaffirming the Bar's continued and unequivocal opposition to the ISA and all laws that allow for the detention of persons without trial, as they are unconstitutional, oppressive and undermine the Rule of Law;


(f) Taking note that, as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Government must fulfil the pledges it made, inter alia, to "promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms" and to promote "a free media, including in cyberspace"; and


(g) Deeply concerned that on 11 September 2008, the Government sent show-cause letters to three newspapers namely, Sin Chew Daily, The Sun and Suara Keadilan, regarding the reporting of certain issues.


NOW RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS, THAT:


1. The Malaysian Bar strongly condemns the arrests of Raja Petra Kamaruddin, Tan Hoon Cheng and Teresa Kok and strongly calls upon the Government to immediately and unconditionally release Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who is still being detained.


2. The Malaysian Bar strongly calls upon the Government to immediately and unconditionally release all persons presently detained without trial, including Manoharan a/l Malayalam, Uthayakumar a/l Ponnusamy, Kengadharan a/l Ramasamy, Ganabatirau a/l Veraman and Vasantha Kumar a/l Krishnan, who were ordered to be detained for two years from 13 December 2007.


3. The Malaysian Bar strongly calls upon the Government to immediately repeal the ISA and all other laws that allow for the detention of persons without trial such as the Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969 and Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985.


4. The Malaysian Bar strongly condemns the issuance of the three show-cause letters to Sin Chew Daily, The Sun and Suara Keadilan and strongly calls upon the Government to immediately withdraw the show-cause letters.


5. The Malaysian Bar calls upon the Government to uphold its pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms and to promote a free media, including in cyberspace.


6. The Malaysian Bar calls upon the Government to demonstrate its commitment to, and to uphold, the Rule of Law as enshrined in the Federal Constitution and the Rukunegara.


(For Full Report on the Bar Meeting HERE)


(Read Posting of "Stop This Evil ISA" HERE).


(Read Malaysiakini Report HERE).




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