KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The country's oldest registered silat organisation threw its weight behind the Internal Security Act (ISA) yesterday as "the country is all the better for it".
National Silat Seni Gayong Malaysia Federation acting president Wijaya Abdullah said Malaysia still needed the ISA for the authorities to do what they needed to do to maintain peace and security.
"Other countries have their own form of ISA, worse than what some people claim is happening here," he said.
Though it has thrown its weight behind the ISA, Wijaya said the federation, which was registered in 1963 and had a membership of some 50,000, remained apolitical.
The federation's leadership had agreed to expel any member, regardless of position, found to have taken part in illegal rallies or demonstrations such as Saturday's anti-ISA march.
"It does not matter if a member is for or against an issue. It would be against the law."