Thursday, August 6, 2009

malaysiakini and STREET PROTESTS .... the AFTERMATH

malaysiakini has this interesting article Street protests: It's all your fault, gov't told.
That is the response of the MTUC, the largest trade union umbrella in Malaysia aside from CUEPACS, the union for civil servants.

According to the article,

"The umbrella body for trade unions today threw its weight behind street demonstrations by stating that the government was never interested in any forms of feedbacks given by the civil societies."

Is that not a heavy criticism of how the so-called caring government has behaved with respect to the ISA? Even SUHAKAM has condemned the use of tear gas and water cannon on peaceful protesters.

There has been a lot of talk about the comprehensive review of the Act and of course that takes time.
What is urgently needed NOW is to follow some strict rules and procedures so that no one is abused under the ISA and ensuring those who abuse the enforcement are subject to srtict penalties. Thus far, we have only a loud silence about how the Home Minister is proceeding on the ISA review.
Of course we need time to amend the laws but meanwhile some fire-fighting measures should be in effect.

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