Freedom under the rule of law, tyranny under the ISA
The behaviours of our recently elected representatives in government in Malaysia are becoming increasingly authoritarian and in an arbitrarily manner. Using the Internal Security Act (ISA) they had, in this month, arrested four Malaysians and later released three (Tan Hoon Cheng a reporter, Teresa Kok a parliamentarian, Sheih a blogger) and detained one (Raja Petra a blogger) for a two year period.
These four and many thousands of other Malaysians who had challenged their elected parliamentarians’ authority in the business of governing the country are labelled as ‘a threat to the security of the country’. The reasons for their arrest and sudden release or continued detention show that the cabinet is in disarray and autocratic, with internal ‘power struggle’ going on in the ruling party. To covering up their in-house political struggle, they have in the meantime, created a situation of fear among their electorates.
These politicians, over the years in power, had not been listening to the peoples’ concerns which are ideas that promote open debate, equality, honesty and fairness. The official responds to these request of basic Human Rights is to use the ISA on its citizens. This is what Malaysians want to change and we hope it will come soon.