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Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) students’ perception on national security policy: The case of Internal Security Act (ISA) of Malaysia

Mohd Sani, Mohd Azizuddin and Abdul Aziz, Abdul Rahman (2010) Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) students’ perception on national security policy: The case of Internal Security Act (ISA) of Malaysia. In: Proceedings Seminar on Nasional Resilience (SNAR 2010) "Political Managements and Policies in Malaysia", 13-15 July 2010, Bayview Hotel Langkawi. Institute of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s Thoughts, Universiti Utara Malaysia , Sintok , pp. 107-142. ISBN 978-983-44865-3-2

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This study aims to examine the perception of the Internal Security Act (ISA) of Malaysia, focusing on the perceptions of students of Universiti Utara Malaysia. This study tries to determine the student’s perceptions first on the students’ comprehension of Malaysia’s national security policy in which constituted in the Malaysian Constitution and consequently understand its effect on the student’s reaction or attitude. The study is conducted using a questionnaire survey, consisting of statements in which the students were required to rate their response on a 5-point Likert scale. The questionnaire also consists of four main sections in which the demography of students, the evaluation of students perception on current national security threats in Malaysia, sets of statements in which testing the students’ basic comprehension of the ISA of Malaysia and fi nally their reactions towards the ISA itself. The finding indicates that the students are prone to social issues in which they determine it could be the major threat to Malaysia. Yet, there is no connection between comprehensions of the ISA and the reactions on the enforcement of the policy. Nevertheless, findings reveal their reactions differ between programmes of study and more inclined towards supporting the ISA and they also agree that government should take into consideration critics by the non-governmental organizations as well as societal grievances.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Organized by Institute of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's Thought (IPDM), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 25 May 2011 08:18
Last Modified: 25 May 2011 08:18
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/3170

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