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Suhakam welcomes abolition of ISA

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) has hailed the move by the prime minister to abolish the Internal Security Act (ISA) but said that it wanted to see the government's "continued and unabated commitment" towards the protection and promotion of human rights.

Suhakam Chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam said the decision to scrap the emergency ordinances, ISA and other restrictive laws had long been awaited and persistently urged upon by Suhakam ever since its establishment.

"This much-welcomed announcement came in time for all Malaysians to celebrate Malaysia Day and is a positive move towards the overall improvement of the human rights situation in the country.

"It is very much in the spirit of the prime minister's own 1Malaysia approach and in keeping with his pledge to comprehensively review the ISA when he assumed office in 2009," he said in a statement.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, in an e-mail sent to Bernama, said the move towards a more open democratic system was a welcome development.

"The political transformation initiatives as announced last night by Prime Minister and Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak Tun Abdul Razak demonstrated BN's commitment in driving greater democratisation and liberalisation process in the political arena," he said.

 

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