I heard a rumour that there is a very good chance that the Internal Security Act is going to be repealled and that the government is in the process of doing so.
There will however be a Anti-Teorrist Act (ATA)which will target specifically those who carry out terrorist acts.
Although I have certain reservation about the ATA , this may be the important first step that we have been pushing very hard ( getting ISA to be repealed). The argument for this ATA is that now most of the western countries such as USA, UK , AUstralia, Canada etc have legislated this Act.
UN has also passed a resolution 1373 in 2001 which is supposed to be binding on all UN members, wihtout having to be signatories to any agreement.
This is fromWikipedia:
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 is a counter-terrorism measure adopted September 28, 2001, following the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.The resolution was adopted by a unanimous UN Security Council under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, and is therefore binding on all UN member states. It marks a shift in international law, as the latter was presumed to be valid only if the concerned state had voluntarily signed the international treaty; whereas here the Security Council imposed the resolution on all member states.
Malaysia is also a signatories of the Asean COnvention of Counter Terrorism in January 2007. The declaration of the convention can be viewed here.
My reservation of having an ATA is not because Terrorism is not important, but rather, will it be abused by the power that be again? Will there be any check and balance in the act that a person deemed to be a terrorist can have another avenue for reviewing his case, and not just by police and the Home Ministry.