It sounds choreographed and all. But still, the guys released from Internal Security Act detention and their families will doubtless be relieved.
These are the guys.
Hindraf leaders V. Ganabatirau and R. Kengadharan;
Darul Islam group members Binsali Omar, A. Artas A. Burhanudin, Idris Lanama, Francis Indanan, Mohd Nazri Dolah, Pakana Selama and Mohd Arasad Patangari;
V. Sundaraj (of India), San Khaing (Myanmar) and Amir Hussain (Myanmar)
Now, Mr New Prime Minister, what about the rest?
Wouldn’t it be wonderful PR for you if you were to release those remaining prison and charge them in open court for whatever crime they have committed?
It would show that at least for now, you are your own man. That you mean to be judged by your actions. By any standard, detention without trial is a gross violation of human rights.
This is something that Malaysian Prime Ministers before you have not bothered with.
Yeah yeah, I realised that when Dr M first assumed Prime Ministership way back in 1981, he released some prisoners too.
But none of the top executives so far have bothered to examine and revoke the draconian laws of this country.
Scrapping these “detention without trial” laws will put the burden of arresting, investigating a case on the shoulders of the police and the prosecutors.
Preventive detention should not be a fall back for lousy police work and shoddy prosecution. Clean up the police force and the prosecution. Everything else will follow.
You can make a difference here, Najib. But sadly, I don’t think you will.