Saturday, April 19, 2008

On A Serious Note - Campaign For the Abolishment of the ISA!

It seems my last entry caused some small ruckus on and off my blog. I won't apologise on the grounds of the entry, but I do feel sorry that it has been misunderstood. Granted, I am not a literature genius, nor even remotely near. But that entry was meant to be a satire of the political madness in Malaysia, and nothing more than that. If ever though, at worse it should be read in humour as the label would suggest. To understand it better, do read it with an earlier entry as I have noted towards end of The Continuing Saga of POB. Perhaps, much later, I will dissect it. Hopefully by then, I too will understand it better :)

OK, enough on that and let's move on to a more serious note - the ISA!

Foremost, let me tell you of my experience of the ISA - I have none! I do not personally know of anyone who has been incarcerated with the act, nor have I met any. But, as I have written in one of an early entry entitled "Of Fishes, Life and the ISA", I am one who is against the Act! To me, it is inhumane, cruel, and barbaric, to charge any person and then imprison them without giving them the chance to vindicate themselves. The ISA, was an Act introduced by the British to combat communist insurgents during the Emergency, and may have justifications for its use then (kindly do note that I have used the word 'may').

The Gerakan Mansuh ISA (GMI), launched, yet again, another campaign to seek the release of more than 75 people who still held under the ISA and are seeking seeking public support via an on-line petition. If any of my friends or readers here are of the same mind, please, do give your support by adding your signature to the petition which is made available on the news, or here Abolish The ISA.


Update April 20, 2008: Correction: The above Petition, while true, is an older petition by Aliran. The actual Petition on campaign which will be submitted to the United Nation Human Rights Commission, are as the links below:

No ISA or http://petitiononline.com/NoISA/petition.html

9 comments:

Kata Tak Nak said...

We have seen time and time again how the ISA has been abused so its time for the ACT to be shelved to make way for something more humane.

acciaccatura said...

salam shah,
ini lah hal pertama kita patut bincangkan selapas undi hari tu.
macam tempat saya kerja, guna saja nama Islam tapi tak apply pun. you probably will get some idea why i am all upset about it.

baez-kun said...

ISA tidak lagi relevan
sebab masih ada ISA pon tak pasti
yang kes terengganu hina sultan hari tu tak kene isa lak ke?
mungkin isa adalah kalo 'berbahaya' kepada 'kerajaan' bukan negara

cakapaje said...

Salam Cikgu,

Precisely. The ISA has been more abused than not by umno especially, to ensure they don't lose their grips on power. If ever it was truly needed during the Emergency, it has since outlived its purpose.

cakapaje said...

Wa'alaikumuslam Accia,

True. In many ways, we are all still in a 'state-of-shock' over the results of the PRU12 and may have been swayed by it.

Tang guna nama Islam, hasn't that been umno's way since back then? Tapi bersabarlah, dan terus berjuang. InsyAllah, kemenangan akan memihak kepada kita.

cakapaje said...

Salam baez-kun,

Sememangnya benar kata anda, dan juga seperti reply saya kepada Cikgu di atas.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

ya la...i'm so against isa because he played money politics and was dismissed from his post as umno's veep.

ok seriously, every criminals deserve a fair trial so ISA is a no-no.

* the previous post, ada jugak yang tak pueh hati. mintak maaf la tapi kami ni cuma berseloroh je.

cakapaje said...

Salam kerpie,

Er...but don't you forget to sign the petition ya :)

baez-kun said...

hehe :)