Norian Mai should caution the Sabah CPO for
threatening ISA against "headhunter" rumour-mongers as Parliament had never
intended ISA for this purpose
by Lim Kit Siang
Friday): Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Norian
Mai should caution the Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Yusuff for
threatening that those spreading rumours of "headhunters" in Sabah risk
being detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) as Parliament had never
intended the detention-without-trial ISA for such a purpose.
Of late, there seems to be a tendency among certain law enforcement
authorities to take the easy way out by threatening to invoke the ultimate
and the worst consequences, such as the detention-without-trial ISA against
rumour-mongers, as if this the short-cut or even the panacea for all
problems of law and order in the country.
Rumours of head-hunting in Sabah is irresponsible, most reprehensible and
even criminal, but are these anti-social pursuits the fit subjects for
detention-without-trial ISA even to the die-hard advocates and defenders of
ISA, and if so, who is going to draw the line between ISA and non-ISA
rumours - considering the avalanche of rumours swirling around government
leaders and political personalities? Or will we get to the stage one day
where rumours against Barisan Nasional leaders are "ISA-able" but not
rumours against Opposition leaders?
At a time of increasing calls for the repeal of the ISA, frequent resort or
threat to widen the scope of the detention-without-trial ISA by top police
officers is most deplorable, and reflects the failure of the human rights
education of Suhakam for police officers in the past three years.
This should be a fit occasion and opportunity for Suhakam to conduct a full
review of its human rights education programme for the police to assess how
better to achieve a greater degree of human rights conscientisation and
commitment among the top police personnel.
Lim Kit Siang, DAP National