Call on Abdullah to give a serious undertaking that Cabinet would study the Suhakam ISA review recommendations and submit a report to Parliament for debate in June
by Lim Kit Siang
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said in Jertih yesterday
that the government would study the Suhakam's report on the "Review of the
Internal Security Act 1960" and recommendations for the repeal of the ISA
and interim ISA reforms until the enactment of a comprehensive human
rights-sensitive national security law.
There is no reason why a Cabinet Committee cannot be established at the Cabinet meeting next Wednesday, tasked with the responsibility to complete recommendations on the Suhakam ISA review report within a two-month time-frame to allow the Cabinet to present a report for debate by Parliament at its next meeting in June.
The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Dr. Rais Yatim, had admitted that a lot of work had been done already in this direction, as the Cabinet had directed him to evaluate the ISA and all security and public order laws two years ago, which he had abandoned after the Al-Ma'unah and KMM developments.
As Rais has said that the Suhakam's ISA review report and recommendations are "timely", he would be failing his duty as the de-facto law minister if he fails to act in a "timely" manner to get the Cabinet to act on the Suhakam report - especially as he had himself done a masterly study of the ISA which has been published in a book entitled "Freedom Under Executive Power in Malaysia".
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman