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KUALA LUMPUR: MCA, which initially objected to the proposed amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act, has changed its stand to support the new law following the Government’s assurances that the new laws will be enforced in a transparent manner.
The MCA central committee made the decision on Wednesday night to allow its MPs to vote for the Bill in view of the pressing need to combat serious crime.
The party had objected to laws that would allow detention without trial.
However, with new safeguards and judicial supervision in place, the MCA decided at its CC meeting to accept the Government’s proposal in good faith, the party said in a statement here yesterday.
“The MCA is satisfied with the amendments made to the Bill, where detention order is no longer decided by the minister or the executive branch of the government.
“Further, a new Section 19A (2) has introduced judicial oversight over the detention order decision of the Crime Prevention Board.
“The board’s decision is now subject to review by the High Court,” the CC said, adding that MCA was also satisfied that detention orders could be questioned in Parliament.
“(However,) MCA will keep a close watch on the implementation of the PCA,” added the CC.
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