Allow me to quote again from the man who crafted the ISA,the late Reginald H Hicklings:
"I could not imagine then that the time would come when the power of detention, carefully and deliberately interlocked with Article 149 of the Constitution, would be used against political opponents, welfare workers and others dedicated to non-violent, peaceful activities."
"Organised violence" was the key to the preamble of the ISA and that I had drafted to detain communist insurgents without trial, but in later years, a lot of people were being arrested who had nothing to do with organised violence (communist insurgencies) at all."
Popular Opposition Leader, the late Tan Chee Khoon said about the ISA:
“This infernal and heinous instrument has been enacted by the
And what about this one:
Prior to becoming Prime Minister, Mahathir had also adhered to a critical view of the ISA. In 1966, when Mahathir spoke out in support of the Internal Security (Amendment) Bill 1966 as a backbencher, he stated that "no one in his right senses like[s] the ISA. It is in fact a negation of all the principles of democracy."
After becoming Prime Minister however the former premier had little if any hesitation using the law to suppress what he termed racialism but was seen by some as a move against his political opponents, the most notable of events being the infamous Operasi Lalang in 1987. But Najib was left scot-free and he was the most guilty.
I will want to find out WHO signed the order to detain RPK because:
"If we want to save Malaysia and Umno, Dr Mahathir (then Prime Minister) must be removed. He uses draconian laws such as the Internal Security Act to silence his critics."
The year before, he had also stated:
"Laws such as the Internal Security Act have no place in modern
YOU SAID THAT SIR, NOT US.
WILL YOUR GRANDCHILDREN BE PROUD OF YOU NOW?