Wednesday, September 21, 2011

ISA Repeal: Real Are the Reasons, Not Delay Tactic for Anyone's Benefit

So, they say it is better late than never, and this may come as a consolation to many who have rejoiced that the outdated laws such as the Internal Security Act (ISA) would be repealed as announced last week by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on the eve of Malaysia Day.

The reality is the repeal of the ISA, the Banishment Act and other legislation may take up to several months before it can be finalised for Parliamentary approval.

This was what Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said Wednesday.

The reason for this, according to Ismail was because the process needed discussions and forums with government departments, NGOs and law groups before the repeal can be affected.

Reality, indeed, as such procedures are never away and apart from the usual slow turning of the bureaucratic wheels.

What the IGP expounded would be only one facet of the painstakingly slow process, while at the parliamentary level it will be a different ball game, altogether.

This can be attributed to the fact that if the two Houses are to debate and vote on a resolution to annul, that process can be expected to take some weeks or months. This is because the Dewan Negara will probably convene only after the Dewan Rakyat’s lengthy budget session beginning in October.

So, therein lies the real reasons, and it does not have anything to do with any deliberate acts to short circuit the procedure for the benefit of any party.

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