KUALA LUMPUR, 5 May 2009: Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has asked legal advisors in all departments and agencies under his ministry to study the needs and objectives of amending acts to suit the current situation.
He said the studies included the Internal Security Act (ISA) as proposed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in his maiden speech after assuming the premiership on 3 April so that acts which were considered controversial such as the ISA could be reviewed.
The decision to study all the existing acts under the departments and agencies under the ministry was made at a meeting last month, he told reporters after visiting the Civil Defence Department Headquarters, here today.
“Our focus is on the ISA. It is time for us to revamp because some of the acts have been enforced for too long and the objectives have changed,” he pointed out.
However, laws involving security, racial interests, tolerance and relations as well as the monarchy must be looked at seriously and could not be compromised, he added. — Bernama