BY MUZLIZA MUSTAFA
Home Minster Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi continued to side step questions on whether there will be provisions for detention without trial in the new law to replace the Emergency Ordinance Act (EO).
Zahid Hamidi said today detention without trial was given the least priority in their discussions on the new Bill.
“We listen to everyone and we know that everyone like the Bar Council are opposed to this (detention without trial).
He said two ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Paul Low and Nancy Shukri, were given the tasks of getting feedback and completing the draft on the new laws.“What we need is to accept that police should be given enough power to do their work and we are working on it,” said Zahid, while refusing to be drawn on the possibility of detention without trial being incorporated in the new bill.
He said the draft had been sent to the Attorney General's Chamber for review.
“The draft should be ready for tabling in the next Parliament meeting in September, “ said Zahid.
Zahid on Thursday said the government decided on the new laws following the spike in crime after the abolition of the EO and the Restricted Residence Act.
He said they welcome new ideas and suggestions from everyone, including opposition leaders and non-governmental organisations to ensure the new laws are effective.
The Malaysian Insider recently spoke to several senior police officers who alleged that the repeal of the preventive laws saw more than 2,500 detainees released back into society.
Police also claimed that the former detainees were now back to their old ways while police had one hand tied behind their backs.
Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the new laws that will be introduced to replace the EO is to safeguard public interest.
He said it is for the greater good and hope the people who kept complaining about crimes in the country will accept the proposal on the new law when it materialised.
Khalid added that police offered two suggestions to Home Ministry during discussions on the new law.
DAP Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, however, faulted the government for the spike in crime.
Gobind said Najib was just interested in the government’s image when the decision was taken to repeal the preventive laws.
He suggested there should be a complete overhaul of the laws, which relate to police powers and detention.
The government, he said, should now go back to the drawing board and come up with a holistic plan to solve this problem at all levels. - July 7, 2013.
~ The Malaysian Insider