EO replacement law coming soon
PUTRAJAYA: The proposed law to replace the recently repealed Emergency Ordinance will be tabled at the next meeting of the Dewan Rakyat in September, as the Prime Minister pushes for tough anti-crime measures to “bring back public peace and confidence”.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the new legislation would strengthen the capability of the police to act against serious and organised crimes.
“A committee comprising the Home Minister, the Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department, the Inspector-General of Police and the Attorney-General is now drafting the extra provisions in the proposed law to tackle serious crimes,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
“The Government is also ready to consider requests and requirements from the police as long as there is guarantee that there will be no abuse of power and violation of human rights.
“We cannot allow the situation to persist,” he said in reference to the recent spate of shootings, including the killing of Arab Malaysian Bank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.
He added: “Immediate and serious action must be taken by the authorities to bring back public peace and confidence.
“I am deeply concerned with the recent developments where murders involving firearms can occur in a brazen manner.
“I understand that this is an issue that touches the people’s feelings and concerns, and they are becoming increasingly worried about their safety and rampant serious crimes.
“The police would have to look at what action can be taken under the existing laws to make the streets safe again.”
Najib said the police could ask for anything they needed to improve their effectiveness in fighting serious crimes.
“It is up to the police to ask from the Government what they require to enhance their capacity.
“We will provide the police, within our affordability, their needs to fight serious and organised crimes,” he said after chairing the National Finance Council meeting.
Early this month, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Government would not push to reintroduce preventive detention to deal with the rise in organised crime while Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail believed that the country still needed a law to clamp down on gangsterism and serious crimes but was against preventive detention.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, however, said some kind of preventive law was needed to strike fear in violent criminals and check organised crime.