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Trusting the Home Ministry

“About 50 people various nationalities incl students fr local univ arrested under ISA last thur [21 Jan 2010] on alleg of terrorism.”

Lawyer and chairperson of the Bar Council’s constitutional law committee Edmund Bon tweeted on the ISA detentions at about 9pm on 26 Jan. He also said that of the 50 persons detained, 38 were released the next day while 12 were still in detention. (Source: Edmund Bon, Twitter feed, 26 Jan 2010)

“If there are any ISA arrests, it would have to come through the Home Ministry and we have not received any such detention orders.”

Home Ministry chief secretary Datuk Seri Mahmood Adam denying to Malaysiakini that the detentions under the ISA, which allows for indefinite state detention without trial, had occurred. He said that police routinely apprehend criminals and was unaware how Bon’s figure of 50 detainees was obtained. (Source: Hisham: 10 held under ISA for terrorism, Malaysiakini, 27 Jan 2010)

“But I can confirm 10 have been detained for terrorism and there is an international link to it. If we hadn’t acted quickly, it would have affected the security of our country.”

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, shortly after Mahmood’s denial to Malaysiakini was published. Hishammuddin said the 10 were members of an unnamed “international terror organisation” and were arrested for terrorism. (Source: Hisham: 10 held under ISA for terrorism, Malaysiakini, 27 Jan 2010)


“Since I took over the ministry, I have used the ISA to detain those involved in terrorism.

“But no one knows this and I do not lose sleep over it as my action protects the people and the country.”

Hishammuddin, during TV3′s one-hour Soal Jawab segment hosted by Media Prima Bhd executive director Datuk Ahmad A Talib on 12 Jan 2010. The minister was talking about the “Allah” issue and stressed that the government would not hesitate to wield the ISA if the issue threatened the majority and the country. (Source: Govt’s actions ‘rational and wise’, New Straits Times, 13 Jan 2010) favicon

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6 Responses to “Trusting the Home Ministry”

  1. skeleton says:

    Free those terrorists, they should not be detained under ISA.

  2. Eric says:

    Indeed. One can only trust the Home ministry at their own expense.

  3. Alan Tan says:

    quote :

    “Since I took over the ministry, I have used the ISA to detain those involved in terrorism.

    “But no one knows this and I do not lose sleep over it as my action protects the people and the country.”

    I read that as, “Since I took over the ministry, I have no idea how to handle operational security and secrecy, so I am telling you about it now.”

    Or, “We do bad things at the ministry. I admit that, but it’s not so bad because it’s for the good of the country.”

    This man needs to re-align himself with humanity.

  4. Farouq Omaro says:

    And they criticise the US for Guantanamo.

  5. secret says:

    Thanks for doing those ‘no-one knows’ jobs that ‘you and God (am afraid to use the word Allah for fear of ISA)’ alone know. Well done, Home Minister for keeping the house in order with all those secrets.

  6. Main says:

    Use it when needed and not as political tool to convey messages. So far the home ministry has been receiving loads of complaints and has been trying to adjust things. By now, most Malaysians will have the idea that “we have rights not to be taken as prisoners under ISA”. Hopefully the channels to convey our thoughts will be wider than before and with sting to the authorities.

    Long Live Malaysia!


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