KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 - Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon today suggested that the Barisan Nasional (BN) set up a special task force to review the Internal Security Act (ISA), Printing Presses and Publications Act and the Universities and University Colleges Act in order to "strengthen the parliamentary democratic system".
He made it clear that his party was against all laws of detention without trial and called for their abolishment as one of the five resolutions on strengthening democracy and human rights passed at the national delegates (NDC) conference today.
The other four are: promoting ethnic and religious harmony, preparing the economy to face the global challenge, improving the national education system and rebuilding the party through reforms.
Dr Koh also suggested bringing back the National Unity Consultative Council, which last met in 1969, to enable a positive and constructive discussion of various sensitive matters related to race and religion.
He considered the NDC to be quite fruitful this time, especially with regards to suggestions on reforming the party.
He said the party was focusing ways to be more sensitive to different cultures, customs and values "to make all Malaysians of different backgrounds comfortable with working with each other".
"The delegates were much more willing to talk about aspects considered sensitive," he noted.
Among the suggestions forwarded to make the Chinese-dominated party seen as more open and multiracial in their approach was to hold functions that catered to all races.
One of the delegates had pointed out that Gerakan had organised many functions for the Chinese and the Indians but none for Malays.
The two-day NDC which saw a gathering of some 1,000 representatives from all around the country ended today.-themalaysianinsider