Well folks the truth can be painful to some, now, those Dr. Mahathir haters cannot any more accuse Dr. Mahathir as being a dictator by citing the Operation Lallang mass arrests of politicians from both sides of the political divide in 1987. Lim Kit Siang and Karpal Singh will be greatly disappointed I think, so will Dr. Kua. The news:
From The Star:
From The Star:
KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Thursday that he had wanted to abolish the Internal Security Act (ISA) when he was prime minister but the police persuaded him to reconsider.
Then Inspector General of Police, Tun Hanif Omar, backed Mahathir’s statement on Thursday.
Both were panel speakers at a programme entitled ‘Current challenges of democratic system and Malaysian constitution towards achieving Vision 2020’ at the Parliament’s banquet hall, which was attended by about 200, including senators and members of parliament.
A very well known ISA detainee during the Ops Lallang also confirmed what Dr. Mahathir finally revealed today and Dr. Chandra does not mince his words, from the MI:
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 — Former ISA detainee Dr Chandra Muzaffar today backed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s claims that a 1987 crackdown had not been initiated by the former prime minister.
Despite what Dr. Mahathir thinks about the ISA, I still believe that a multiracial and multi-religious Malaysia needs preventive Laws like the ISA whether we like it or not. It is important for Malaysia's stability.