The police got every reason to detain and 'keep' whoever found, or even suspected of carrying out subversive activities deemed to destabilise the country, this multiracial country. Under the ISA, they are normally detained without being charged until the government gathers tangible evidence to produce them in court.
Some are kept for weeks while others for at least two years without trial. This is provisioned under the ISA Act, which I believe will be amended in the next Parliament sitting.
I am for the ISA. It helps put the house to order. History has taught us to be more cautious in our doings. While the authority can be lenient sometimes - which led to the dissent of some quarters - fair jurisdiction needs to apply too.
The case in which four youths being detained indefinitely under the Emergency Ordinance should get special attention from Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. Aged between 18 and 20, their detention on April 14 in Johor should also come with a police explanation.
There must be solid reasons for someone to be detained under the Ordinance, which suggests how dangerous the person is to the nation and its people. At least a simple statement of the WHYs will do. And for such an age, we need to use a fine jurisdiction as they are still 'easy to bent'.
They are Muhammad Rizal Ibrahim, Mohamad Razif Mahadi, Mohd Syahiran Tumin dan Muhammad Noorariff Bakran, 20. They are still in detention at Ayer Molek police station. I am not for them at all. The police must have substantiated the ground for arrest but a long detention is hindering them opportunity to pursue their study as most of them are post-SPM students.
In this modern era, youths are easily exposed to a lot of negative influence. Some of them take advise while the rest 'need to be addressed accordingly'. However, when a youth is concerned, we need to subscribe to a different approach, especially when education comes in between the laws.
Yes, some youths are real crooks. While they may be angels to their parents, they are devils on the loose to the authority. This is where most parents went wrong - due to their busy routines, they fail to keep an eye on their kids' activities. I remember how young Botak Chin and Bentong Kali were when they started to terrorise the country.
However, if they are criminals, we must charge and produce them in court. But under the Emergency Ordinance which allows the police to keep them without charges and trial for a certain period, we can only presume what kind of wrongdoings they were involved in.
But again, they are young. If the police and the Home Ministry want to come down hard on those who try to break up the country apart, there have been similar cases which were left of the hook. Needless to say, if the KDN is amending some clauses of the ISA, its time to include some new provisions in it.
Namewee case aside (do you agree that no action is being taken against him?), those who try to incite racial and religious disorder are the ones to watch. But this category carries so many loopholes in the sense that no specific provisions are stipulated as to what kind of other actions can be categorised as 'racial and religious incitement'.
Apart from those involved in black money, money laundering activities, ah long and vice activities should be on the amended list, I would suggest we add 'halal provocation' be included. In the case of 'kaki katak in a bowl of Old Town White Coffee' and a 'tulang babi campur serbuk kopi' in Kluang recently, such doings are to be considered as racial and religious incitements.
And of course, those who fail to get the right 'halal' stamping of their products, can be considered too as too many 'halal' incidents have taken place in the country over these years and whether we realise it or not, it sours inter-racial harmony and trust.
I think Hisham has to reconsider a lot of things. But we understand how sensitive the label ISA carries. It can backfire heavily on the government too but if we want to be stringent, politics should be put aside. Some decisions may not make the government popular but again, we cannot discount on social harmony and national stability.
All issues must be addressed accordingly, and where good jurisdiction is needed, use it.