PUTRAJAYA, April 7 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak s aid today his administration would not use the Internal Security Act (ISA) arbitrarily but would give importance to the principles of human rights and civil liberties. He said the ISA was undergoing a review to ensure that it incorporated several provisions which upheld these principles.
“Several provisions (of the ISA) will reflect our (the government’s) intention to uphold civil liberties and establish a check and balance so that the ISA is not used arbitrarily or according to the whims of the authorities without regard for the fundamental rights and civil liberties of the people of Malaysia,” he told a group of journalists from Indonesia at his office, here.
The journalists, who had arrived to attend the Malaysian Press Awards event of the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) in Kuala Lumpur last night, were the first group of foreign journalists to interview Najib after his elevation as the prime minister on April 3.
Najib said his decision to release 13 ISA detainees recently was a government gesture which gave importance to the fundamental rights and civil liberties in a modern, mature and civilised society. At the interview, Najib was asked, among other things, his style of administration, Malaysia-Indonesia bilateral relations, regional security, press freedom in Malaysia and the role of the two prime ministers before him.
Touching on the philosophy behind the “One Malaysia. People First. Performance Now” concept which he had announced soon after becoming the prime minister, Najib said it was “the overarching philosophy” behind the administration he helmed.
He explained that it emphasised what should be done from now to spur the nation towards realising the objectives and vision set by the two prime ministers before him, i.e. to enable the people achieve “excellence, glory and distinction” and realise “Vision 2020” to become a developed nation. “That is our destination, but before we attain Vision 2020 I want to emphasise what we have to do now … what then is the process. Unity, People First and Performance Now,” he said.
The “One Malaysia” concept emphasises mutual respect and trust among all the ethnic groups in the country, which Najib describes as the pillar for the process of national solidarity.
Source : Bernama