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Another BN party calls for the abolishment of ISA - malaysiakini

With so much publicity surrounding the ISA recently (Malaysiakini report), another BN component party has come out to call for the abolishment of this evil and draconian act:

SANDAKAN, Nov 2 - The Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) 19th annual congress today passed a resolution calling on the government to review the Internal Security Act (ISA) and New Economic Policy (NEP).

More than 1,000 party delegates at the congress unanimously passed the resolution before the one-day congress was closed by LDP president Datuk Liew Vui Keong.

Liew, who is also Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister, said the LDP strongly urged the government to review the ISA to determine if it was still relevant and define the scope of the Act within which it was applicable.

“We also strongly urge the government to review the NEP comprehensively to reflect the current political, social and economic realities in Malaysia,” he said when met by reporters after the congress, here.

He said the LDP top leadership would study the resolution and submit it to the Barisan Nasional top leadership and government.

Liew said another resolution passed by the congress was on the appointment of former LDP president Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat as the party’s life honorary advisor.

Earlier, when opening the congress, Liew said the ISA was no longer relevant as Malaysia no longer faced any communist insurgency as it did in the 1960’s.

“The situation has since changed. While we cannot deny that global terrorism is a threat to national security, we must have a comprehensive policy to deal with terrorists as distinct from legitimate political opponents and dissidents,” he said.

Liew said a review of the NEP could come from a broad-based convention that was less influenced by partisan political interests and would deliberate and analyse the results and impact of the various NEP-based policies and programmes.

“This convention can then formulate a new national development philosophy and strategy that is fairer to all the communities in the country. It can set up a road map for a more dynamic, equitable and inclusive Malaysia,” he added. - Bernama