GEORGE TOWN: About 40 pro-Internal Security Act (ISA) demonstrators disrupted an anti-ISA forum which was held in the open here.
The protestors gathered at around 11am yesterday and gatecrashed the event 45 minutes later.
They muscled their way onto the stage at Komtar Walk despite attempts by the organisers to bar them from moving forward.
The group, led by Komtar Merchants Association deputy president Mohamed Ghani Abd Jiman, shouted at the organisers.
Some of them wore T-shirts with the words “Yes to ISA” printed on the back.
On stage at that time were former ISA detainees Mohamad Sabu, Lim Choo Leong, Hishamuddin Rais and V. Ganabatirau.
Ghani said the ISA was needed to safeguard the country’s security.
“ISA is not for the citizens but for traitors of the country.
“There are 27 million Malaysians but not more than 20 people in the Kamunting (detention camp),” he said.
The group then dispersed gradually amid the watchful eyes of plainclothes police personnel.Penang Umno Youth chief Norman Zahalan, who was present, said he was there as an observer and claimed that the protest was not organised by the party.
The forum, which started at 10am, was organised by several non-governmental organisations who are part of the Repeal of the ISA Penang movement.
State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Ayub Yaakob said the organisers did not apply for a police permit to hold the event.
Monday, November 22, 2010
If they had a different opinion, they could easily have had their say when the session is open to the participants to have their say.... but they did not have the patience or the courtesy to do, choosing rather to disrupt the forum against the Internal Security Act(ISA)
Who put them up to this? Would they have been happy if others have walked in and similarly disrupted a forum that they had organized?
Why do these persons what ISA - detention without trial laws to stay? It will be entertaining to listen to their reasons...