ISA will not be used to detain politicians

(The Star) KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will not use the Internal Security Act (ISA) to detain politicians, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

“We will only use it on those who jeopardise public order and security,” said Najib who pointed out that he had released 13 ISA detainees on the first day as Prime Minister.

He also lambasted the Opposition parties for organising the anti-ISA march last week and questioned their motive for going ahead with the demonstration despite his assurance to Malaysians that the ISA would be reviewed.

Najib reiterated his earlier promise that the opposition party supporters could hold their demonstrations or protests at the National Stadium.

On other matters, Najib said some 45,000 people who were currently renting low-cost apartments in the city would get to buy over the flat units starting end of the year as promised by Barisan Nasional government that the lower-income group could own affordable homes or Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR).

Najib said the government would keep to its word by reducing the rental rates for traders, providing discounts to people who use the tolled roads frequently.

“A total of 4,000 taxi licenses will also be issued by the end of this year to individuals and not to companies,” he said in his speech at the launching of the “Majlis Jalinan Rakyat” at the people’s housing project at Batu Muda, Jalan Ipoh here yesterday.

Najib said the Jalinan Rakyat or forging ties with the people programme headed by Wanita Barisan chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil and is carried out by the wanita members in all parliamentary constituencies.