Our south east Asia correspondent, Karen Percy, reports the legal affairs minister, Zaid Ibrahim, tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, after disagreeing with the use of the act against an anti-government blogger, a journalist, and an opposition politician.
The act allows the police to detain suspects indefinitely without trial.
It is supposed to target people who are a threat to national security.
But it has been abused for political purposes. Mr Zaid told local reporters at the weekend that the cases should have been handled in the court system.
Other members of the cabinet are believed to also be concerned, which could play into the hands of the opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, who is trying to convince government members to defect and join his People's Alliance.
source: Malaysia law minister resigns
Radio Australia, Australia
Datuk Zaid Ibrahim’s resignation letter was not accepted by the prime minister.
Sources said Zaid, known for his outspoken views, had expressed his concerns that he could be a liability to Abdullah.
The prime minister, however, advised him to take two weeks’ leave to re-consider his resignation. - NST online. Zaid's resignation rejected
New Straits Times, Malaysia -
Malaysiakini Breaking News
Police explain ISA arrests Sep 15, 08 7:07pm
- ISA arrests are only made when the police strongly believe that certain acts by the individuals can pose a serious threat to public order, says the deputy police chief.MORE
On why the journalist was freed More time needed for blogger, MP
- BREAKING NEWS! updated 5.10pm De facto Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim tenders his resignation over the government's use of ISA, which allows detention without trial, against three individuals last week.MORE
Met with PM, but no confirmation Little support from cabinet colleagues