The Government has taken the first step towards reviewing the Internal Security Act (ISA) with the formation of a Law Reform Com­mittee.

This is in keeping with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s promise when he took over the helm of the nation that he would initiate a comprehensive review of the ISA.

Among the laws to be considered for review include the Civil Law Act (CLA), Criminal Procedure Code, Penal Code and state laws that are in conflict with the Federal Constitution.

“The ISA is a law that is close to the hearts of many and we will work together with the Home Ministry to amend the relevant parts,” said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong, who heads the committee.

He said the first step would be a briefing session on Wednesday and Thursday involving the Legal Affairs Department and the Legal Aid Bureau.

He said that subsequently the committee – which was formed on April 29 – would engage the Malaysian Bar and other legal associations in the country, as well as the Attorney-General’s Chambers, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and Suhakam.

Liew said existing laws which were confusing or obsolete would b