Do the necessary ‘Jom Heboh’ for EO & ISA

Minister of Rural and Regional Development Dato’ Seri Shafie Apdal said all stakeholders should be consulted be for the Emergency Ordinance (EO) and Internal Security Act (ISA) to be brought back and enforced.

31 July 2013| last updated at 10:38PM

Suggestion to bring back ISA needs feedback from all

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PUTRAJAYA: Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the suggestion to bring back the Internal Security Act (ISA) should be studied and feedback gathered from all quarters.

“The spike in the crime rate is linked to the repeal of the Emergency Ordinance (EO) and the ISA and the government should implement measures to replace them”.

Mohd Shafie was speaking at a press conference after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Rural and Regional Development Ministry and Syamille Agro Farm Sdn Bhd at his office here today.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi recently claimed that a high percentage of serious crimes of late involved former EO detainees who were released from prison.

Zahid defended the Sedition Act 1948 for the sake of national security adding it would still be used although the government plans to replace it with a new Act.

On the MoU between the ministry and Syamille Agro Farm, Mohamad Shafie said the ministry has appointed Syamille as supplier for the bee farming project.

“The bee farming project is expected to generate income of more than  RM10,000 monthly to participants due to high demand in the local and foreign markets.” — BERNAMA

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This came after Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak said the Police “Would be provided with the neccesary tools to combat serious crime”Home Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also boldly admitted that the recent upsurge in serious crimes which include armed robberies and murder are attributed to over 2,000 EO detainees were released back into society. On top of that, 6,000 plus persons under restricted residence were also allowed move around freely.

Prime Minister Najib shocked the nation when he announced the repeal and abolishment of EO and ISA the evening The Mole went live online.

Naturally, Home Ministry, Royal Malaysian Police, Attorney General’s Chamber, National Security Council, Malaysian Anti Corruption Agency, Royal Malaysian Customs and other related agencies pertaining to national security and process of justice should be brought into a joint committee headed by no less than the Chief Secretary of the Government and formulate the necessary recommendations very quickly.

At the same time, Prime Minister Najib’s close advisers, which include agencies under Prime Minister Department such as PEMANDU and the National Communication Team and all the ‘public relation and branding’ experts and specialist should get cracking. They should come up with a new nationwide intense campaign matching if not surpass the ‘Jom Heboh’ Jelajah Janji DiTepati program to get the rakyat, to come together in full force to support the idea.

The same strategists should also do an intense media campaign, to complement the meet-the-people rally exercise. The first one was held in Batu Pahat on 7 April 2012.

A series of forum should be held via all the television network. Security specialists, legal and prosecution experts, criminologists, retired Special Branch senior officers and former leaders or operators in the organised crime and underworld vice network and groups should be systematically arranged to appear and argue on the subject matter.

After all, there should be a top-to-ground integrated and highly intensive populist approach, designed to get majority of the rakyat to buy in towards the notion for the paramount requirement to bring back EO and ISA. It is as per what Prime Minister Najib promised that the Police would get the necessary tools.

The same campaign should also rationalise if not justify why bringing back EO and ISA isn’t a bad “Getting wiser after the event” after thought. Otherwise, it would demonstrate that Prime Minister Najib has really bad if not totally incompetent advisers, that he often needed to ‘Flip-Flop’ decisions made. Then again the already was a precedent ‘Flip-Flop’ping on the ‘AirAsia-Malaysia Airlines lopsided share-swap deal, after nine months.

The tagline should be “EO & ISA Demi Rakyat, Untuk Rakyat, Kerana Rakyat”. Just like what Prime Minister Najib said in the inaugural  ‘Jom Heboh’ do in Batu Pahat. They should also launch as movement called “IM4EONISA”, to get the youth buy in.

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