If this is your first time looking at the picture and after 30 seconds, probably more, you still didn’t realize that there is a shark at the back, you probably need to train/check your adversity quotient. It is the same when doing investments (or signing an online petition), you always get attracted to those big returns. Be careful of the hidden adversity that might occur.
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Now let me tell you why I am not signing the online petition. Because Charles Hector is right: “Do NOT sign online petition to free RPK, Teresa Kok…unless you support ISA“.
How can you sign an online petition that perpetuates the Internal Security Act (ISA)?
It doesn’t seem like a petition that is anti-ISA, only one that asks for Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Teresa Kok plus others to be released.
It still endorses the ISA is good enough for ‘armed terrorist’ and ‘those who topple the government by force’. Who decides who is good enough for the ISA?
Who are the drafters of this online petition? Is that line in bold necessary? Hope future online petition would take these things into consideration:
We are encouraged that various leaders of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition parties have recently spoken out against the use of the ISA. We wish to express our deep respect for the de facto Law Minister, Zaid Ibrahim, who has resigned in protest against the Government’s use of the ISA on the three individuals. We agree with his view that “there [are] ample punitive laws to act against lawbreakers without having to invoke the ISA. [The law] should only be used on armed terrorists or those out to topple the government by force”.
The problem with this is, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi or any other authority can easily use any excuse or justify their reasons to detain unproven armed terrorists or those out to topple the government by force.
What we are saying is that a law (that detaines people without trial and has the potential to ‘disappear’ you) that does not respect natural justice and is a total violation of human rights SHOULD NOT be used against ANYONE!
So, go ahead, sign that petition if you wish. But I am not signing it.
[AND I AM NOT FORCING ANYONE NOT TO SIGN IT EITHER].