PETALING JAYA: The Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham) has called for a focus on enhancing police capabilities to combat crime instead of enacting preventive laws.
In a joint statement by secretary-general Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria and executive council member Datuk Kuthubul Zaman, Proham said a roundtable discussion with experts had agreed that there was no need for laws that provided for “detention without trial”.
It noted that there were adequate laws available to the police at present, such as the Prevention of Crime Act, which some experts said had been overlooked due to over-reliance on the Emergency Ordinance (EO).
“This Act is meant to provide for more effectual prevention of crime in Peninsular Malaysia and provides for the control of criminals, members of secret societies and other undesirable persons.
“It provides for 28 days of remand for investigations and conducting an enquiry. An additional 28 days could be requested for,” Proham said in the statement.
The roundtable, which was carried out in association with the Universiti Malaya Law Faculty, also highlighted conflicting information on the crime rate and on resources available for criminal investigations and crime prevention.
It said there was a lack of quality supervision and forensic training of investigative officers, not to mention a shortage of finances and facilities for such investigations.
On the crime rate, it said: “Conflicting data by Pemandu on the NKRA (National Key Result Area) targets that crime was down in 2011 and 2012 but later in recent discussions this year it is being noted that there is a rise in crime due to the release of former EO detainees in 2011/2012.
“There is no credible evidence in the public domain on the rise in crime associated with the release of EO detainees,” it said.
It urged the Government to address serious crime through effective use of investigative policing and not resort to preventive detention.
The roundtable included former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi, Former Court of Appeal judge Datuk K.C. Vohrah, former CID director Tan Sri Mohd Zaman Khan and Prof Emeritus Dr Shad Faruqi.
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