Min­istry study­ing to ei­ther amend or re­peal six laws

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PU­TRA­JAYA: The gov­ern­ment is study­ing six laws with the view of ei­ther amend­ing or re­peal­ing them, said Home Min­is­ter Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin.

The six laws are the Sedi­tion Act 1948, Pre­ven­tion of Crime Act ( POCA) 1959, Pre­ven­tion of Ter­ror­ism Act ( POTA) 2015, Print­ing Presses and Pub­li­ca­tions Act 1984, Se­cu­rity Of fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act (SOSMA) 2012 and the Peace­ful As­sem­bly Act 2012.

He said the Home Min­istry would dis­cuss with the At­tor­ney­Gen­eral’ s Cham­bers to fine-tune the pro­posal to ei­ther amend or re­peal the af­fected laws and the out­come would be tabled to the cab­i­net for ap­proval.

“The ba­sic prin­ci­ple in study­ing the laws is that the gov­ern­ment has to for­mu­late a law on se­cu­rity that can pro­vide a bal­ance on the need to safe­guard the coun­try’s se­cu­rity ef­fec­tively, ( and) at the same time pre­serves the fun­da­men­tal rights as guar­an­teed in the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion,” he said at the Home Min­istry’s 2019 New Year Mes­sage pro­gramme here yes­ter­day.

On the Se­cu­rity Of fences (Spe­cial Mea­sures) Act (SOSMA) 2012, Muhyid­din said the sta­tus of the law was still be­ing dis­cussed with the stake­hold­ers and non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the Bar Coun­cil.

“Just give it a lit­tle bit of time. Wait a while, as we are in the midst of re­draft­ing or amend­ing the laws,” he added.

Mean­while, Muhyid­din said the min­istry’s key fo­cus this year in­cluded re­vamp­ing the Im­mi­gra­tion’s op­er­a­tions sys­tem by im­ple­ment­ing the end- toend op­er­a­tion con­cept to avoid cor­rup­tion and us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence- based tech­nol­ogy in en­forc­ing and erad­i­cat­ing crime.

Oth­ers, he said, in­cluded in­ten­si­fy­ing strat­egy of pre­vent­ing and con­trol­ling rad­i­cal i sm and ex­trem­ism in com bat­ting ter­ror­ism, erad­i­cat­ing hu­man traf­fick­ing and smug­gling of mi­grants, as well as cross- bor­der crime, en­hanc­ing the use of the so­cial me­dia in the dis­sem­i­na­tion of in­for­ma­tion on se­cu­rity and ad­dress­ing the spread of false news.

“The law en­force­ment de­part­ments and agen­cies should be looked as peo­ple- friendly ser­vice- ori­ented de­part­ments and not merely as law en­forcers,” he added.

Muhyid­din said in line with the prom­ise in the Pakatan Hara­pan man­i­festo, the Home Min­istry had awarded Malaysian cit­i­zen­ship to 1,641 peo­ple of In­dian ori­gin, aged 60 and above who fulfi lled the cit­i­zen­ship re­quire­ments.

At the event, Muhyid­din also handed over the ‘ Pin­gat Jasa Pahlawan Ne­gara’ medal to 13 re­cip­i­ents for their hero­ism, sac­ri­fices and deeds to the coun­try dur­ing the emer­gency era (July 12, 1948 to July 21, 1960), Com­mu­nist In­sur­gency Era (June 17, 1968 to Dec 2, 1989) and the Emer­gency pe­riod in Sabah and Sarawak (1962 un­til Oct 17, 1990).

Lead­ing the list of re­cip­i­ents was In­spec­tor- Gen­eral of Po­lice ( IGP) Tan Sri Mo­hamad Fuzi Harun, fol­lowed by six for­mer IGPs and four for­mer deputy IGPs.

Muhyid­din also launched the de­vel­op­ment of the e-Pe­sara Po­lis DiRaja Malaysia ( PDRM), a new ini­tia­tive by the Royal Malaysia Po­lice to safe­guard the wel­fare of po­lice pen­sion­ers.

He said the first phase of the web por­tal, sched­uled to be ready in March, would ben­e­fit nearly 14,000 po­lice pen­sion­ers who would be able to ob­tain lat­est in­for­ma­tion, as well as up­dates on their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, as well as ap­pli­ca­tions, on­line.

Muhyid­din (sec­ond right) launches the Royal Malaysia Po­lice web­site ePe­sara wit­nessed by (from left) Fuzi, Deputy Home Min­is­ter Datuk Mohd Azis Jam­man and Home Min­istry Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim (right). — Ber­nama photo

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