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|President: Detention period under replacement Act is consistent with our stand|
|Thursday, 12 April 2012 07:50am|
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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Bar has welcomed the tabling of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill in Parliament to repeal and replace the Internal Security Act 1960 (ISA).
Its president Lim Chee Wee said the maximum detention period of 28 days after arrest was consistent with the Bar's earlier stand on the matter.
Lim added that the Government's counter-terrorism policies should strike a delicate balance between collective security and individual liberties and be consistent with the rule of law.
The Bar's Constitutional Law Committee chairman Syahredzan Johan said sufficient safeguards should be put in place even if they could only be used against suspects involved in “security offences” as there was wide room for abuse.
Puteri Umno chief Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin said the Bill was a major transformation of the country's security laws.
“The ISA, which has been in effect for 52 years, and the Emergency Ordinance are no longer relevant to current affairs, especially in dealing with terrorist threats and sabotage from both domestic and foreign sources,” Rosnah said.
Selangor Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Teng Chang Khim said the overall impression was that the Bill appeared to be much better than the ISA as it takes away ministerial power to detain.
Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim welcomed the Bill, which he said would end “a history of detaining people for their political beliefs”.
“There is adequate legislation to combat terrorism and the existing legislation can be strengthened alongside improved safeguards and oversight mechanisms,” he said.
PKR vice-president N. Surendran said the Security Bill was repressive and a danger to fundamental liberties and the rule of law.
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