ISA protest: Those arrested have to deal with the situation, says PM

By Roslina Mohamad, The Star

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said those who took part in the protest against the Internal Security Act (ISA) and got arrested would have to deal with the situation as he had already warned people against it.

''I have said before this that ISA is being reviewed and we are also in the process of discussions and getting feedback from various groups.

''As such, the demonstration was unnecessary because it only causes hardship and I have been informed of complaints by the public who got caught in the traffic jams caused by the rally.

“It is difficult for them to go from one point to another,'' he told reporters after launching a corporate social responsibility programme by Astro called 'Astro Kasih' in Kampung Ketapang Tengah here Saturday.

Najib, who is also Pekan MP, added that the rally was politically motivated and simply senseless.

He said that since the protesters were stubborn enough to proceed with the rally, they would have to face the music.

''They will need to deal with any action to be taken by the police.

''We want to advise them but if they refuse to listen, what can I do.

''It is up to the police and if arrests are made, we leave it to the authorities,'' Najib added.