|Bar commends PM for abolishing ISA|
|Wednesday, 11 April 2012 09:14am|
©New Straits Times (Used by permission)
THE Malaysian Bar Council commended the prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, for fulfilling his promise to abolish the Internal Security Act 1960 (ISA).
Malaysian Bar president Lim Chee Wee said the Bar fully supports the government's aims to combat terrorism.
"The government's counter-terrorism policy and actions must strike a delicate balance between collective security and individual liberties."
He said the Bar acknowledged that the replacement legislation -- the Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill 2012 -- and the amendments to the Penal Code, Evidences Act 1950 and Criminal Procedure Code was consistent with the Bar's position, which was the strengthening of safeguard mechanisms while maintaining strong legislation against terrorism.
Lim said the Bar appreciated the government's desire for quick action and the hard work of the Attorney General's Chambers in the study and drafting of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill and the amendments.
"The Bar appreciates that it was invited to discuss and provide suggestions for the bill. The Bar also appreciate the fact that some of the suggestions made were accepted.
"However, we urge that in the future, the consultation process with the Bar Council be more extensive, and that more time should be provided for it."
Lim said that the Bar appreciated the assurance of the Attorney General that there will be continuous study and review of the Bill and the Amendments, and that the Malaysian Bar's contributions will be welcomed.
"We encourage and support the Prime Minister to continue on the path of law reform that is consonant with international human rights norms."
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