Is this what Najib means by ‘transformation’? Resurrecting and moving detention without trial to an existing law takes us back to the dark days of the Mahathir administration.
If the amendments are passed, suspects detained under the PCA could be held for two years without trial – and this could be extended. The proposed amendments do not allow for judicial review, except on procedural measures.
The government claims the amendments are needed to curb rising crime. But detention without trial is a poor substitute for professional investigative work that respects basic human rights.
Detention without charge or trial is a fundamental violation of our basic rights enshrined in international law and under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In case, the BN government needs reminding, Article 9 of the Universal Declaration states that, “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.”
Thousands of Malaysians protested against the ISA and detention without trial, many of them under the banner of Gabungan Mansuhkan ISA. And the ISA and other laws which allowed detention without trial were finally repealed.
Now only were these laws used against threats to security, they were also used against progressive Malaysians working for change and reforms.
Now, the BN government wants to resurrect detention without trial under laws with new names? Sosma first and now PCA?
Members of Parliament, when it comes to the actual voting on the amendments in Parliament, you must vote according to your conscience and not be dictated to by your respective party whips.
The people will be watching closely how you vote to see whose side you are on – with the people or against. Better to be ousted from your party than betray the trust of the people.
What do you think?