The present form of the recently tabled draft Prevention of Terrorism Act, also known as Pota, violates international standards and seeks to reintroduce detention without trial, said the International Commission of Jurists.
Twenty five years ago, Malaysia witnessed what one person could do to sustain his lust for power. His unabated lust for power unleashed the worst traits in the Barisan Nasional to imprison 106 innocent Malaysians to keep the BN in power.
Martin Jalleh wonders whether we can trust the BN government’s pledge that it will not abuse Section 114A of the Evidence Act especially given that it has abused the ISA – something Minister Nazri has openly admitted to.
While Tun Razak at least had the gumption to meet up in with representatives of ISA detainees on a hunger strike in 1967 to try and end their fast, what have we got from his son Najib, asks Tan Pek Leng.
Tommy Thomas wonders if the Security Offences Bill is constitutional. The much inferior treatment of an accused when prosecuted under the Bill violates the fundamental right to equality, he points out.