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ISA review to find best approach: Syed Hamid

KUCHING, 4 April 2009: The proposed comprehensive review of the Internal Security Act (ISA) is to find the best approach to handling the question of national security to maintain public order, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said today.

He said the views and opinions of all quarters would be taken into account during the review process before the matter was discussed in the cabinet for a decision.

“We will look at the provisions which can be reviewed and should be amended. The review process may take time because it have long-term implications,” he told reporters after attending the award of citizenship status, here.

Najib, in his maiden address over television last night as the new prime minister, had pledged a comprehensive review of the ISA.

Syed Hamid said the 13 ISA detainees would be freed tomorrow and that a number of them who be subjected to a conditional release.

Seven of the 13 are members of the Darul Islam group, namely Pakana Selama, A Artas A Burhanuddin, Francis Indanan, Mohd Nazri Dollah, Mohd Arasad Patangari, Idris Lanama and Binsali Omar, two are Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders R Kenghadharan dan V Ganabatirau, one Jemaah Islamiah member Wan Amin Wan Hamat, and three foreigners, Sundaraj Vijay of India and Amir Hussain and San Khaing of Myanmar, who had falsified documents. — Bernama


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