Thursday, May 8, 2008

Coalition seeks help of Pakatan Rakyat govts - The Star

IPOH: May 8, 2008

The Abolish ISA Movement (AIM) coalition is getting all Pakatan Rakyat (PR) led state governments to lobby for the abolition of the Internal Security Act and release the detainees.

AIM, along with several lawyers and wives of the detainees met Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin at his office here yesterday to discuss the matter.

AIM chairman Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh said they had also met and sought the Selangor and Penang state governments’ help on the issue.

“We hope a resolution to abolish the ISA and free the detainees is passed in all the PR led state assemblies and subsequently forwarded to Parliament,” he said.

He said seeking to abolish ISA was not new and the campaign to do away with the law had failed in the past.

“But it’s different now. We hope the general election results will open the eyes of the Federal Government,” he said.

He said there were more than 70 ISA detainees in the Kamunting detention centre in Taiping.

The ISA coalition comprises 83 NGOs, political parties and trade unions.

Syed Ibrahim said AIM would also meet with Kedah and Kelantan state governments next.

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