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Saturday, August 8, 2009

No need for ISA to face opposition, says Najib

KUALA LUMPUR Aug 7 - The government is prepared to face the opposition in the general election and there is no necessity to enforce the Internal Security Act (ISA) as a political tool to face them, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said it was not necessary to use the Act to detain politicians from the opposition just because it was purported that the Barisan Nasional (BN) was afraid of them.

He said the ISA was only used against individuals who could jeopardise public order and national security.

“If we don’t have the ISA, bombing incidents such as the ones that occurred at the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels in Jakarta last month and in Mumbai, India last year might occur in our country.

“We don’t need to use the ISA to detain politicians. We are not afraid, we will face them during the general election. That’s the cure, not to detain them using the ISA,” he said at a function organised by the Wanita Barisan Nasional, here today. - Bernama

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