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Monday, 13 January 2014

Liow: No need to revive ISA for now

KUALA LUMPUR: There is no need for the Internal Security Act (ISA) to be revived for now, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said the country should review from time to time the laws that were needed to ensure the safety of the people in tandem with the current situation.

However, Liow said it was MCA’s opinion that ISA need not be restored at the moment.

“The MCA is concerned about the calls (from various parties to revive the ISA) and we will look into this.

“Any laws proposed must serve the interest of the public,” he told reporters after witnessing the swearing-in ceremony of the Bukit Bintang MCA division at the Chin Woo Stadium here last night.

Liow was commenting on calls from various quarters, including former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to restore the ISA to curb extremists.

On Saturday, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Government was unlikely to revive the ISA, but would probably amend existing laws or create a new Act to address extremist problems.

He also said the Government would study the views of some who want to see the Act restored.

On another matter, Liow said the MCA would discuss with Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron on the appointment of city, municipal and district councillors allocated for the party in the state.

“Our stand is that there must be 18 councillors from the party. There should not be anything less than that number,” he said, adding that the meeting would be held as soon as possible.

It was reported that only 15 MCA leaders were called to be sworn-in as councillors, which is less than the allocated 18 positions for the party in the past.

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