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Malaysia's Internal Security Act or ISA has its roots in the 1950s, when the country, then under British colonial rule, was fighting a Communist insurgency. Almost six decades on and the Communist threat has gone but the law remains. Opponents say many of the act's original checks and balances have been eroded over the years and the ISA is now being used to stifle political dissent. But the government says the law is a necessary tool in the pursuit of social stability. Aloke Devichand report

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