Abuse of a ‘new’ crime? – Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

RECENTLY I wrote of a fresh danger against dissident voices: the newly-minted Section 124B of the Penal Code. It provides for a jail term of up to 20 years on conviction of an offence for “activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy”.

Now it has come to pass.

Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan has been detained pending investigation under precisely this provision. His alleged crime as reported? Giving the attorney-general of Switzerland documents on the RM42 billion 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) issue, presumably for investigation. In short, seeking the help of another jurisdiction in respect of a possible crime.

The new crime of “activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy” is for doing anything “designed to overthrow or undermine parliamentary democracy by violent or unconstitutional means.”

What activity will “undermine parliamentary democracy” is not defined. Read more