Putrajaya needs more time to review oppressive laws, MPs told

Azis Jamman says two special committees are looking into six Acts that come under the purview of the home ministry. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The government needs more time to review oppressive laws to avoid any flip-flops in the future, said the Home Ministry

Its deputy minister Mohd Azis Jamman said it is best to look into such matters comprehensively and thoroughly before a decision is made.

“It is okay if it takes time, as long as the decision is right and there will not be a flip-flop.

“We don’t want to have a situation where if a law is amended or abolished we find that it was a mistake,” he said during Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat today.

He was replying to Ronald Kiandee (PH-Beluran), who asked the status of several laws such as the Prevention of Crime (Amendment) Act 2017 (Poca), the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota).

Azis said the ministry has formed two special committees to look into the six Acts that come under its purview.

Apart from Sosma, Pota and Poca, the committees are also looking into the Sedition Act 1984, the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 and the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

He said the committees comprise representatives from various government agencies such as the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the police, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), Bar Council, legal practitioners and academicians.

Its members have raised several issues and views on the Acts, especially on the detention period, police powers and judicial review.

“The ministry is looking into the views and we will present the recommendations to the Cabinet for a decision,” he said.

Once approved, the recommendations will be brought to the Dewan Rakyat for debate and approval.