Friday, April 10, 2009

Remarks on Najib's rhetorical release of 13 ISA detainees

Najib announced the release of 13 ISA detainees when he became the Prime Minister. A move which increasingly appeared obvious to be a trick to win the people's heart. Apparently such trick was being used by his predecessors for the same reason.

From Nut Graph (written by Jacqueline Ann Surin) :

In July 1981, two weeks into office as prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad released 21 ISA detainees. As he himself candidly admitted on 5 April 2009, he thought it would be good for him. It probably was for his public image then.

...According to Suaram, under Mahathir's administration, 1,500 people were arrested under the ISA. Most notable of these arrests were the 100-plus Malaysians who were arrested in 1987 under Operasi Lalang.

In November 2003, after almost a month of being prime minister, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi released 15 detainees. Subsequently, however, under his administration between October 2003 and April 2009, there were 105 new arrests. (Emphasis added)

Trick or treat? It's the former!

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