11 May 2012
May 11: PAS’s Kuala Selangor member of parliament has warned that there was more to it in the statement by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad pleading for a stronger mandate to prime minister Najib Razak.
L-R: Mahathir and Najib
“Unfortunately, Mahathir still harbours the hope that the Internal Security Act will be revived if Najib and BN win the next general election,” said Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, reacting to Mahathir’s suggestion that a two-third majority for BN would ensure the reversal of ISA’s abolition.
Mahathir has been among UMNO leaders who have opposed the abolition of the ISA.
According to Dzulkefly, the Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill, introduced to replace the ISA, was only a cosmetic change, saying power would now shift from the police to the courts.
He reiterated critics’ fear that the burden of proof to convict someone under SOSM was much looser compared to ISA.
Dzulkefly said Najib had made it clear that his decision to abolish ISA was due to public pressure.
“In other words, it was not due to his belief that this law of the jungle which is oppresive must be thrown out in this civilised world,” he added.
However, the PAS Research Centre director said if Mahathir’s wish came true, the public pressure might be ignored.
“Will it also be true that the people’s concern on other matters such as goods and services tax (GST) and national health policy will be ignored as well?” asked Dzulkefly (left).
Chinese-language daily Kwong Wah recently reported that Mahathir had urged Malaysians to throw their support for BN, saying its victory could revive the ISA.
Ironically, Mahathir said Najib was pressured to table the act’s abolition in order not to lose more support to Pakatan Rakyat.