Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Malaysian Bar: Appalling Statements by the Minister of Home Affairs Brings Disrepute to Malaysia

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Tuesday, 08 October 2013 06:14pm
ImageThe Malaysian Bar is shocked and appalled by recent revelations in the media with respect to what was said by Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi, Minister of Home Affairs, at a speech delivered at the Malacca International Trade Centre in Ayer Keroh, Malacca, on 5 October 2013.

The Minister of Home Affairs was reported to have stated in effect that:
(a) the police are to shoot first and ask questions later;
(b) the recent amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 providing for detention without trial was his own law; and
(c) in the event there is no evidence or there is insufficient evidence, the suspects would be put away for two years.

The Minister of Home Affairs is also reported to have said that the majority of gangsters were Malaysians of Indian descent, that the victims were of another race, and that there was therefore nothing wrong in arresting or shooting them.  The Minister of Home Affairs is further reported to have said that a criminal group known as Tiga Line, which has been declared unlawful by the Ministry of Home Affairs, to be benevolent gangsters and had encouraged them to continue with their activities.

The Malaysian Bar deplores and condemns the statements by the Minister of Home Affairs because they reveal his complete disregard for the rule of law, his indifference to human rights, and his utter lack of respect for debate and argument in Parliament.  His statements could be interpreted to support extra-judicial killings by the Police. 


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