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Monday, 6 January 2014

What's next for the Kamunting centre?

TAIPING: The fate of the Kamunting Protective Detention Centre here, infamous for housing Internal Security Act (ISA) detainees, is now in question following the release of the last remaining batch held under the now-abolished Act.

The Home Ministry is expected to hold a press conference to inform the people of its plan regarding the matter soon.

The centre, built within 230ha of fully-fenced-up land, was opened in November 1973 to house those detained without trial under the ISA. It is administered by the Prison Depart­ment.

Those detained under the Act then were mostly suspected communists and prior to being sent to Kamunting, were housed at the Batu Gajah Special Detention Centre.

Yesterday, the last remaining six detainees walked out of the centre as free men.

The three Malaysians, two Indonesian nationals and a Filipino emerged from the centre at about 8.30am, reported Bernama.

“You have nothing to worry about, all of you are now free,” the director of the centre, Prison Assistant Commissioner Mohd Roslen Ramli told them upon their release.

The ISA was revoked in 2012 and was substituted with the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 on July 31 last year.

The six people, in normal attire and carrying a bag and a box containing personal items, seemed cheerful and expressed gratitude over their release.

Just as they stepped out of the main door of the centre, they chatted with several of the officers and staff and posed for photographs with them.

They thanked the officers and staff for having taken care of them during their detention over the past two years.

The six were detained on Nov 14, 2011, for being members of the Sabah Darul Islamiah, an alleged terrorist group.

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Tags / Keywords: Courts Crime , abolishment of ISA , detainees , release


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