The announcement made by the Prime Minister of Malaysia regarding the repeal of the ISA and two other Emergency Laws may appear very appealing as it would be the start of an era of more freedom for Malaysians.
However, with the track record of flip-flopping and about turns in many of the things he had announced in the past, it is very difficult for me and many other Malaysians to place our hopes on what he said in his Message to Malaysians on Malaysia Day.
The second thing about the licensing of the press, here we see a welcome change and renewal of license for publication of the news media need not be done annually. However, the Home Minister still holds the power to suspend and cancel the license of a newspaper should he feel that they are publishing something that is not suitable for the security or well being of the nation. This is not acceptable and should not be part of his role! If news publishers break the law of the nation, they should be dealt with by the law not a man with wide powers!
Please note that there will be laws enacted to replace the ISA. How draconian will these laws be? We have yet to see! To me, what is announced is but the sugar coating that so many of us longed for, but inside, the BN government wants to retain the bitter pill!