ISA in jest?

UMNO vice president Muhyiddin Yasin gave his take on what ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad said recently about the position of prime minister and the ISA.

We don’t need to indulge ourselves in the prime minister bit as many people had commented already.

What caught my attention was Muhyiddin’s response to Mahathir’s suggestion that those found guilty of money politics in UMNO should be detained under the draconian ISA: ‘The Tun said it in jest.’

Can ISA be talked about in a humorous way given the injustice that is associated with it? In other words, it ain’t funny.

Besides, surely those found committing corruption in the party can be dealt with by other legal means which allows them to be tried in a court of law.


8 Responses to “ISA in jest?”

  1. 1 Batu Ferringhi 14 November 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Yes, it can be “in jest” for people who have not suffered under this law except to subject others to the cruel detention-without-trial against their rights to be charged and heard in a court of law. Anyway, Mahathir is already history, as far as I am concerned, and he can say anything he likes. He is only relevant when we allow him to be.

  2. 2 junglebunnyintheuk 14 November 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Hi – always find yr blog interesting and a good read:)Thank you and please keep it going.

  3. 3 jt 14 November 2008 at 5:11 pm

    For the powerful and rich ISA is only a joke. They never experience the pain to be locked and denied of freedom.That’s why they use ISA at their whims and fancy under the pretext of national security. They should be educated to distinguish between national interest and personal interest.

  4. 4 chris chong 14 November 2008 at 5:14 pm

    you are still in bolehland, r’member?

  5. 5 lucia 14 November 2008 at 5:15 pm

    sorry. off topic but related.

    there will be an anti-ISA vigil in penang tomorrow, 15 nov., at 8.00pm at the esplanade. please come and support the abolishment of ISA.

  6. 6 anna brella 14 November 2008 at 6:16 pm

    The ISA funny?

    Losing your most basic freedom of your personal liberty for no justifiable reason at all, funny?

    Being arbitrarily arrested by the police funny?

    Being incarcerated, interrogated, beaten and brutalised, brain-washed, re-educated and tortured funny?

    Being indefinitely detained at the sole behest and pleasure of one single unaccountable state official without having access to your constitutionally guaranteed right to due and fair legal process so that you can challenge the detention order in a court of law, funny?

    With respect, only the worst sort of fascist b…..d or pariah mentality would think that as being funny.

    “Imagine Power To The People” John Lennon.

  7. 7 mustafakanuar 14 November 2008 at 10:26 pm


  8. 8 woody 15 November 2008 at 11:16 pm

    To me , ISA is a convenient tool of choice to simply lock up anyone. It is great that some folks are rallying to raise awareness and wanting to have it abolish.

    Of course, now, it appears as if it is the crusader of the opposition only, the likes of PAS,PKR & DAP , and only opposition wanting to see it go away. Those BN supporters/lobbyist/MPs seemed to be pretty quiet about it and happily using the tool to lock up any dissenting voice.

    Well, it happened in Taiwan, in Australia, and recently in US. What makes the BN supporters think that, if opposition really come to power one day, that very same tool will not be used against them in return ?

    Interesting logic right ?


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