Today 1st of Aug is the 49th Anniversary of Internal Security Act. The Abolish ISA Movement (GMI) called for a march from various meeting points in Kuala Lumpur to the National Palace. And a memorandum will be handed over to the King.
Many roads leading to KL city were set up with road blocks. And roads were closed too. Most of the crowd resorted to public transport. They walked by detours just by avoiding the police. Such a spirit in walking long distances has indeed conveyed a message to the Federal Authorities.
The crowd came to a figure of 20,000. The police prevented the people from moving forward. At 4.00 p.m they rounded up the people at Sogo Mall and Masjid Jamek LRT Station and firing tear gas and shooting chemical-laced water canons. Even when the people fleed into the nearby buildings, the canons were shot into the compounds. In fact, earlier there have been several rounds of firing the tear gas. By 6.00 p.m 438 people were arrested.
Najib the Prime Minister said the rally was unnecessary as the people could have given their opinions for a review of the Act. The problem is, people wanted an abolishment and not a review of the Act. No matter how you amend the Act, it is still an Act. It is likened to "changing the soup but not the medicine".
Locking up people without trial is against human rights. If the government thinks a particular person has committed a crime, why can't it proves itself right by bringing him or her to court?
Nazri, Minister in the PM's department, said that as long as BN is in power, ISA would not be abolished. Such a statement is not surprising as BN has been abusing its power all the while. I believed that a good government should always listen to the people.
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