The Old Horse has expressed regret over the arrest of 106 people in 1987.
As is his usual style, there is always something to justify his action, and this time, he blamed it on the police’s advice to arrest these people.
The police has a duty to look after the security of the nation, and it is up to them to make recommendation and it is their right to make any such recommendation. However, having said that, the ultimate decision and thus the ultimate responsibility is with the person who issued the order to arrest these people. In doing so, he must take into consideration other factors ; whether such action was right in a democratic society, and the reasons for the tension at that time. In fact, as a shrewd politician, there were many ways for him to nip the tension in the bud.
Then there is the question of why not all who fanned racial tension arrested? Was that too recommended by police or was the list amended to keep his supporters off it?
He must now understand why so many in the civil society has asked for the abolition of detention without trial. It is like allowing someone to keep a gun at hand. The chances of that person using that gun to shoot someone who provoke him is definitetly higher than another person who has no gun at all. So to prevent abuse of arresting political opponents, such repressive detention law must be done away. There is no 2 ways about it. Reviewing it would not be enough; it is like replacing the gun with a smaller calibre one — the small calibre gun can still kill, and the chances of using it in anger would be similar to that of using a bigger calibre gun.