TENOM: The use of the Internal Security Act (ISA) must never be politically influenced, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok.
Instead, he said it should only be used as a last resort to counter elements that pose a threat to national security.
He stressed that an abuse of the Act will ignite strong protest from the multi-racial population of the country.
He cited the case of the Sin Chew Daily reporter whose arrest was responded with strong protests from the people. The reporter was the first to report on racial remarks made by Bukit Bendera Umno divisional head Datuk Ahmad ismail last year.
“It should not be used under the influence of politics,” he said when speaking to the media during the Kalimaran Festival yesterday.
While welcoming the recent release of 13 ISA detainees immediately after Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak officially assumed the post of prime minister, Dompok, who is also UPKO president, urged for a review of the Act to prevent abuses.
On state matters, Dompok said that when he congratulated Najib upon his appointment as the new prime minister the latter had pledged to resolve ethnic and regional issues as well as the long-standing problem concerning illegal immigrants.