Update: HOLY SPIRIT CATHEDRAL denounces ISA before 800 people (Anil Netto’s blog).
The INTERNAL SECURITY ACT is UN-ISLAMIC and UN-CHRISTIAN. And if you are an aethist or agnostic,or profess any other religion, then the ISA is also againt the concept of natural justice, which exist in all laws.
I find no justification for ‘detention without trial’. You can discuss and debate with me the merits or demerit of the ISA and how it ‘protects’ national security and whatever. The only thing that it protects is the government that is in power.
I mean, they do not even need a warrant to arrest you. How can you call that just or even a law? Read the Sin Chew reporter’s 18 hours under detention story here.
Here are other thoughts, from across the board, against the ISA:
Muslim Professional Forum – Dr. Mazeni Alwi, Dr. Shaikh Johari Bux, Haji Mohamed Ali Ghazali and Dato’ Dr. Musa Mohd. Nordin:
It cannot be completely denied that Raja Petra Kamarudin in his writings and those who contribute to his blog have expressed views that many Muslims consider as denigrating the prophet and the religion of Islam. However we believe this can be countered by sound arguments based on well accepted teachings and sources of Islam. In the extreme, the authorities may take him to the Syariah court. The use of the ISA is excessive, inhumane and runs counter to Islam’s principles of justice.
“The ISA is against Islam for it violates the principles of truth and justice as mentioned in the Holy Book of Al-Qur’an in Chapters An-Nisa’, As-Syura, and An-Nahl, verses 58, 15 and 90 respectively. To arrest and detain a person only and only on the basis of suspicion and without trial, without opportunity to defend oneself is forbidden and considered haram in Islam. Even if the Government wishes to detain a person for preventive purposes, the matter must be decided in an open court. Detention without trial – without the opportunity to defend oneself in an open court – violates the rights and denies the guarantee that Islam provides to all individuals. The guarantee is that everyone has a right to freedom and well-being.
In an SMS which was circulated widely to Catholics, St Francis Xavier parish priest Fr O. C. Lim said:
“The unjust may break our bones but they can’t break our spirit.”
There are various candle light vigils in Churches for the detainees. Also see “A prayer for the nation“, in Anil Netto’s blog.
It seems Barisan Nasional too does not want to be left out of the anti-ISA bandwagon, read TheSTAR. What more the usually docile National Union of Journalists and National Alliance of Bloggers. And the toothless SUHAKAM ‘Reporter’s arrest an abuse of ISA’.
Some were not totally against the ISA but well enough they spoke against the recent arrests.