Mahathir wanted to abolish the ISA but the police said NO:
"I suggested scrapping of the ISA, but I depended on national security advice from the police and they said 'cannot' (because) there still are threats,” he said.
BUT Hanif Omar said his duty at the time was to uphold the law and that amending or abolishing the ISA was the duty of the Parliament.
Mahathir did not want to use the ISA BUT the police made him do so.
Mahathir did not want to sign the extension of detention order BUT the police made him do so.
He wanted to shorten the detention to a year BUT the police wanted it to be extended to 2 years.
So, who was the head of government? PM or IGP?
Abdullah Badawi wanted to implement the IPCMC BUT the police said NO.
The public/Anti-ISA activists/pro-democracy activists/Bersih/Hindraf wanted to gather peacefully, a right which is guaranteed by the federal constitution, BUT the police said NO.
So, which is the highest authority of the land? Police or Federal constitution?
We need to get it right and clarified once and for all. Is Malaysia a democratic country or a police state?
Who is providing a check-and-balance on the police if they are so powerful?
Imagine Mahathir being led by the nose by the police, or so he claimed. This is a serious matter. The police image is being tarnished by Mahathir's revelation.
Or Mahathir is turning into a forgetful stand up comedian?