Wednesday 27 May 2009

ISA Scheme

I Smell A Scheme

Singapore’s most wanted men, Mas Selamat Kastari, who was detained in Skudai, Johor State, Malaysia in April 2009, is now reported to be held for two years under the Malaysian Internal Security Act (ISA).

“Mas Selamat is now incarcerated by virtue of a stroke of the pen two-year detention order at the infamous Kamunting Detention Centre in Taiping, Perak” sources evidently told the Malaysia National News Agency (BERNAMA) on Wednesday 27th May 2009.

Mas Selamat, the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) leader of the Singapore chapter escaped from a maximum security detention centre in Singapore in February 2008, and eventually was apprehended in Malaysia

According to the sources, the detention would mean that the alleged Singaporean militant would not be extradited to the Republic of Singapore.

It is also understood that an ordinary JI member, Abdul Matin of Ulu Tiram, who was picked up in April, is also being held for two years under ISA.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak reportedly said that

'Mas Selamat was being detained under the ISA because he was considered a threat to the national security of both Malaysia and Singapore'.

Well, all this seems very strange, something really stinks here, most likely Malaysia is using the ISA detention to try to justify the continued existence of the archaic, oppressive, draconian and inhuman ISA, which in practice allows indefinite detention, in what can only be described as 'atrocious conditions', without trial.

This is because it is seen by some as a useful tool to intimidate and oppress the citizens, something akin to a 'Sword of Damocles'

In this case it is, of course, being used against a 'terrorist', but all too often in the recent past it has been used against political foes and others who have committed no crime.


Surely if Malaysia does not want to hand this man back to Singapore, he could be detained under other laws instead of the ISA.


Read what the Singapore Straits Times reported, click HERE

Up to now, the Singapore government has not responded.

Links to many news articles about this subject can be found by clicking HERE

Qui multum habet, plus cupit

He who has much desires more.

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