Opposition will not support Najib’s new laws

On the eve of the 48th celebration of the formation of Federation of Malaysia, Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak shocked the nation. He did something so many thought it would never happen in our lifetime.

He would abolish the much dreaded Internal Security Act and Emergency Ordinance, which in the past have provided the power to detain suspects who are up to serious no good and threatening internal security. Of course, he said new laws to safeguard the security of the nation against terrorists and persons deemed trying to disrupt peace would be introduced and enacted in place of the abolished laws.

ISA and EO are laws which have been proven to be effectively safeguarding the nation’s security. Countless numbers of criminals against the state were incarcerated. Amongst them are terrorists, extremists, religious deviants and persons found indoctrinating the outlawed communism ideology movement.

The most wanted man in SEA: Mas Selamat Kastari in different looks

The recent most internationally known bandit detained under the law is Mas Selamat Kastari. He was one of world’s most wanted terrorist.

Civil servants who treacherously sold away identification papers to illegal foreigners such as identity cards and international passports and forge entry/work permits were also apprehended and detained under the same law.

EO has been found to be very effective against the Lords of the Underworld Vices. They are the masters of vices such as illegal gambling, drug smuggling, human trafficking and prostitution and Ah Longs. Naturally, to funnel these proceeds they do layered money laundering activities under the pretext of legitimate retail businesses.

None of these activities could be traced back to persons, in cases like the alleged Vice Lord Khoo Tee Yam. They were unable to pin him for Anti Money Laundering Act. They covered their tracks very well and even their subordinates refuse to co-operate in any investigation, most likely for fear of their lives.

The Police have little choice but to invoke EO and RO against persons like these, to curb their operations.

These new laws would be expected carry the same spirit and purpose of the ISA and EO they replace. But not without more stringent controls and limited power of authority. Abuse of power for political purpose is the main reason, along the strong global voice against the infringement of human rights.

It is unlikely that Opposition would support PM Najib, when they are ready to present these bills in Parliament sometime next year. PM Najib is unable to enact these laws without the Opposition as Barisan NAsional no longer have the 2/3 majority in Dewan Rakyat.

Opposition would make it very difficult for these laws to come through. It is expected all sorts of drama would be staged prior or during the process. Their ‘associates’ such as ‘like minded’ NGOs would conduct all sorts of activities for these said purposes. The longer they can drag the enactment of these new laws, it is politically more beneficial from them.

It is not a big mystery why they would do so. The Opposition would lose out from these new laws.

DAP for one, rely a lot of their financial support from these bandits. With ISA and EO, they have played these ‘habeas corpus’ games whenever their backers are detained.

Now that ISA and EO are to be repealed and new laws in place, the interregnum period is the perfect opportunity for the vices to operate without the fear of being detained. Police would not dare to do the ‘politically incorrect’ actions during this period.

PAS in the past have immensely benefitted from the extremists and religious deviants created from their strategic continuous ceramahs demonizing the authorities and ruling party. For instance, ‘Amanat Haji Hadi’ in 1981 was the basis of Ibrahim Libya and his bandits bloody stand off against the Police, ‘Memali Incident’ in November 1985.

The longer they can stretch this game, the more BN would stand to lose. The Opposition would manipulate the delay due to the complexity they create.

They said the leg work of these new laws were already set in motion even before the bold and decisive announcement on 15 Sept. Never the less, all these preparations are open for probably an unwinnable debate when the time comes.

Published in: on September 18, 2011 at 21:35  Comments (9)  

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  1. I fully agree with your article. Corruption and abuse of power will be rampant without the preventive laws as politicians with no conscience will be free to get involved with illegal activities to finance themselves under the pretext to take care of the interest of the masses. The corrupt government servants will support them as they will also benefit from it. I feel thst Malaysia is at the brink of destruction when we have polticians who are only fighting with one anoither to gain power and those who wants to be popular. Sad to say Malaysia do not have charismatic and sincere politicians from both the ruling party and also from the oppositions.

  2. Agree with BD. The oppositions will probably made it difficult even before the bills on the laws to replace ISA can be tabled in the Parliament. They’d sure to demand for open debate and public scrutiny. If they get or dont get to public debate and scrutinise the bills, there is still no guarantee the opposition will support the passage of the bills in Parliament. The independent MPs may support the govt.but will that be enough. If the matter is dragged closer to the end of the mandate of the current Parliament things can get a bit messy. There’ll be plenty of talking points for the oppositions to run down the Govt.

    Like they say timing is everything. Should the announcement of the ISA abolition have been made way back in 2009 , or should it be made a few mths before the end of the mandate of the current Parliament in time for PRU 13? Sure if the BN has decided to effect greater civil liberties , it’s their call. But the timing of it lacks a little bit of strategy.

  3. Should the oppositions oppose the new (proposed) laws in parliament, then the existing ISA law remains. Who will benefit from this ?? The opposition will lingers on and on… playing hide and seek with the govt… Now it seems that the govt is playing to the opp tune…

  4. BD,

    Sometime, we need to expose the children to the “fire” in order to teach them the pain of “hot”. That’s what Najib is doing – I agreed because this is the requirement of our younger generation.

    They have never experience chaos and uncertainty and the fight, thus they cannot relate to the older generation’s sentiments.

    However as the government, we should be able to plan one step ahead even after having this new approach. (Hence UMNO members and supporters should be able to take the heat now, not only being passive)

  5. Nak pinda Perlembagaan baru perlu majoriti dua pertiga, setakat undang-undang, simple majority dah cukup untuk luluskan. Macam bajet yang dulu, hampir-hampir kantoi sebab ramai wakil BN tak masuk Dewan. Jangan bila bentang nanti ramai yang ponteng, haru biru jadinya. Najib dah kaji semua tu, sebab tu dia umumkan nak pinda undang-undang. Tidak perlu majoriti dua pertiga.

  6. Biggie,

    The most glaring arguments in this initiative to repeal ISA/EO & introduce new laws are about ‘undemocratic’ & ‘infringement into human rights’.

    And yet the way PM Najib is doing it now, does not reflect it being democratic.

    PM should hv done a referendum first. Then he can say with evidence that the rakyat is actually for or against ISA/EO.

    Precedence hv been set. When Tun Dr Mahathir wanted to change the Constitution back in 1983, even tho as a school going kid I clearly remembered he went about the nation & meeting the rakyat, not just Pengerusi Perhubungan UMNO who then were all the MBs. Dr Mahathir did not do a ‘Pearl Harbour attack’.

    PM should also consult all component parties.

    PM in trying to pander into popularity aka upholding the concept of democracy, in actual fact is not democratic from his approach.

    Cakap tak serupa bikin, ehhh…???

  7. Laws that have been useful, nay, necessary for the maintenance of security and political stability in the country must be maintained. They may repealed but replaced with better ones in terms of enabling the authorities to act, apprehend and detain subversive and dangerous elements in ways and speed that the other laws cannot afford.

    The ISA was one such set of laws. Much has been said about the time taken under the other laws to even know whether such people are guilty of the crimes they are accused of, much less keep them in custody for a period that hopefully will deter them from repeating such acts and utterances. ISA is the way. Even the USA resorts to detention without trial in Guatanamo Bay.

    Of course the Opposition will not support any new laws to replace ISA that they think will curb and hinder their rampant acts and utterances against the Establishment, against legally constituted authority in the country. Those who deserve action under such laws will somehow belong to the Opposition.

    But DS Najib should not play to the tune of the Opposition, Irrespective of whether they’ll support such laws or not, so long as such laws will serve the purposes as ISA and EO have done in the past, the Government should go ahead with their intention.

  8. Salam BigDog,

    Thoroughly out of the box view on the abolishment. Especially the PAS/DAP perpective. If sincere any opposition by the opposition will be costly in terms of support by those middle of the road.

    Another good one.

    Thank you

  9. dato’ sri najib atau wakil nya…tolonglah respon. kami rakyat nak dengar pendebatan ini.

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