ISA and misunderstood Malaysians

Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Mukhriz Mahathir yesterday 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.”  

“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.

Yeah, the paternalistic government leaders know best for the people who put them in power in the first place.

Yeah, what would those naive ordinary Malaysians, people who make their political preference known via the ballot boxes, know about what’s good for them and the country?

Yeah, would these simpletons, many of whom are probably misled, able to appreciate the difference between defending national interests and protecting the narrow interests of the ruling elite?

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7 Responses to “ISA and misunderstood Malaysians”


  1. 1 romerz 31 July 2009 at 1:28 am

    There is nothing really wrong with the law if it was used as it was originally intended for, to fight the communist insurgency.

    Unfortunately, successive governments had used this law for less than “reasonable” reasons hence the objections to it. I suppose it is like many other laws we have in Malaysia where it gives tremendous power to the ruling elites to use it against ordinary Malaysians, concerned with a deteriorating country.

    You said it best when you used the word paternalistic. When will these people realize that we are not violent in nature and ready to tear out each other’s throats.

    I’m sure we will survive and even thrive as a nation without the ISA. Whilst I may fear terrorists rearing its ugly head here in Malaysia, I believe that the racists of BN are doing more damage to the country than terrorist could ever do in the long term!

  2. 2 chiew ka 4...! 31 July 2009 at 9:47 am

    Firstly, does Hisham himself understand the “law & order” of ISA ??

    Do we need to protest if ISA had been properly implemented..???

    Does Hisham not know & notice their own “wrong doing” many times..?????????
    You “cannot” be always correct! correct! correct!

    Is there fair play ????

    If Hisham thinks we, the rakyat, “DON’T” understand……….
    Come out & do a big explanation to us….!!!!
    “Make us understand”……..!!!

    Don’t just keep on making statements to the media.
    Not everyone read the “one-sided” newspapers anymore………!

    Come out…..!!

  3. 3 thor 31 July 2009 at 12:01 pm

    and this apple lying snugly under the shade of the old tree is how old? sad that a man should fossilize so young in life.

  4. 4 najib manaukau 31 July 2009 at 12:32 pm

    He has to support the law because his p….. father used it to jail all those that did not agree with him.

  5. 5 sinewy 31 July 2009 at 12:59 pm

    “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”
    Are you sure Mukhriz? Many people who go to school and shop have been attacked by snatch thieves in KL and PJ. But you won’t use ISA to deal with those snatch thieves, will you? For heaven sake, ISA is not about sending our children to school and shop safely stupid, it is about detaining someone perpetually without giving the person a chance of defending in the court of law thereby depriving him of the basic human liberty…do you get it???…no????…please go and learn more about human liberty and human rights then.

  6. 6 atanco 31 July 2009 at 1:22 pm

    We earned respect when our walk matches our talk.

    When implementing the LAW , are we conforming our desires to the Law or we conform the Law to our desires or Self-Interest ?
    Has it ever occurred to you that you might be wrong ?
    Dont assume that every thought comes from you is right.

    We can enjoy harmony in a country not because there is so much rules and laws but because there is so much Love.

    Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong.-Lincoln

    Anti-hypocrites

  7. 7 donplaypuks 1 August 2009 at 1:00 am

    “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”.

    What then are criminal and civils laws for? Just arrest everyone under ISA for their own safety. We don’t need other laws at all, then!

    This man has the IQ of an ant!


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