‘Think rationally on need for ISA’

(The Star) KOTA BARU: The people need to think rationally and not be influenced by the shallow politics of certain quarters which are pressing for the Internal Security Act (ISA) to be abolished, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He said while some developed countries which previously preached democracy and freedom of speech had now subscribed to security acts like the ISA, there were groups in this country that simply refused to accept the importance of this Act.

“Even the United States already has its Patriotic Act, the United Kingdom the Anti-Terrorism Act, and in Melbourne (Australia) recently, five Somalian terrorists were caught.

“(But) some of us have chosen to waste time in the streets protesting against the ISA. Other countries, meanwhile, are trying to strengthen their relevant laws (to deal with security threats), but we already have a specific law to deal with the problem,” he told Bernama after opening the Kubang Kerian Umno division delegates’ meeting, here, yesterday.

He added that his ministry, the Royal Malaysian Police, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz, the Malaysian Com­munications and Multimedia Commission and the Attorney-General’s Office would hold brainstorming sessions on how to monitor and zero in on those inciting unrest through the Internet.

“Measures must be taken to control the Internet that has been used to raise issues that undermine national security,” he said.