Amendment seeks unlimited term for Poca board members

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KUALA LUMPUR: The first reading of the amendment to the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca) was tabled at the Dewan Rakyat today.

It seeks to include the re-appointment of board members without conditions for any period of time.

Before this, members of the board could only be reappointed once, for another period of three years.

Previous media reports stated that the board would comprise of five members and function as an independent body that would appoint inquiry officers and set its own rules and standard operating procedures.

The amendment also imposes penalties for damaged or lost electronic monitoring devices and empowers the courts to impose jail terms on those who default on payments for the damage or loss of an electronic monitoring device.

The new Section 10A will also look into the release of a remanded person.

It gives express power to the board to revoke, suspend or extend detention orders.

In 2014, it was reported that the Prevention of Crime(Amendment and Extension) Act 2013, passed by Parliament last October, allowed suspected criminals to be detained without trial for up to two years.

Poca, Sosma detention rose considerably in 2016, Suaram report shows

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According to Suaram’s statistical breakdown, 102 people were detained for terrorism offences under Sosma, 39 for human trafficking and immigration offences, while other cases totaled 45. Pic from AFP.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 — There has been a considerable increase in the number of detentions under the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) as well as the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 last year, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) said in its 2016 Human Rights Report released today.

In the report, Suaram said 189 cases Sosma detentions were recorded by the NGO last year, as compared to less than 50 cases in 2015.

According to the report, 278 arrests were also made under Poca.

According to Suaram’s statistical breakdown, 102 people were detained for terrorism offences under Sosma, 39 for human trafficking and immigration offences, while other cases totaled 45. Read more

Don’t use Sosma or Poca against kids, cops told

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Rights lawyer Eric Paulsen says it would be excessive to charge children under preventive laws. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A human rights lawyer has spoken against the detention of children under preventive laws such as the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) and the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca).

“They should be dealt with through laws that are in line with the Child Act,” said Lawyers for Liberty director Eric Paulsen in a comment on recent arrests of suspects in a police operation against the Gang 24 secret society. In the most recent arrest, three secondary school students were among the 13 suspects.

It is not clear which law is being used against the suspects.

Paulsen said the authorities could be seen as taking measures that were too extreme if they were to use Sosma or Poca against children. Read more

Retrenchment fund focus of May Day rally by 15 NGOs, PSM

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Authorities must address issues faced by workers who have lost their jobs due to companies going bankrupt, relocation or even the government's budget cuts, says group. Pic from FMT News.

Authorities must address issues faced by workers who have lost their jobs due to companies going bankrupt, relocation or even the government’s budget cuts, says group. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: A peaceful rally will be held on May 1, in conjunction with International Workers’s Day, which is also known as Labour Day, demanding the government start a fund for the benefit of workers who have been retrenched.

The organising committee comprising 15 NGOs and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) held a press conference today announcing the assembly, which is called “Hilang Kerja, Pekerja Merana: Worker’s Retrenchment Fund Now!”

The key demand for the establishment of a workers retrenchment fund is to address issues faced by workers who have lost their jobs due to companies going bankrupt, relocation or even budget cuts by the government. Read more

Salesman detained under Poca files habeas corpus application

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KUALA LUMPUR:  A salesman, who was detained under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca), has filed a habeas corpus application at the High Court here to secure his release.

R. Vishnu Moorthy, 38, has named Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, Inspector-General of Police, Home Minister and the Public Prosecutor as respondents.

In his notice of motion that was filed and affirmed by his wife A. Magaswarie on Friday, he claimed that the detention order dated March 29 in relation to a foreign exchange investment case was in breach of Article 5(1) read together with Article 4 of the Federal Constitution. Read more

Pregnant wife challenges husband’s detention under Poca

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KUALA LUMPUR: The wife of a salesman is challenging the 21-day remand order against him under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca).

A. Magaswarie, who is six months’ pregnant, filed the notice of appeal on behalf of R. Vishnu Moorthy, 38, who was detained on March 29 over a foreign exchange investment scheme, in which some 20,000 investors were said to have been cheated.

In the certificate of urgency, Magaswarie’s counsel P. Uthayakumar said Vishnu Moorthy was wrongly detained without trial under Poca.

Vishnu Moorthy, now detained at the Jalan Tun Razak police station, said he is not satisfied with the magistrate’s order on March 29 and asked for the court to dispose the case as soon as possible. Read more

Suhakam to government: Don’t abuse Sosma

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In its annual report Suhakam notes that Bersih 2.0 chief Maria Chin was held under Sosma for 10 days but has yet to be charged with any offence. Pic from FMT News.

In its annual report Suhakam notes that Bersih 2.0 chief Maria Chin was held under Sosma for 10 days but has yet to be charged with any offence. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has expressed concern over preventive laws that appear to extend beyond the scope of terrorism offences.

In particular, the commission named the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), which it said was originally meant for use only when there was an imminent threat to the country from terrorists.

“In its short lifespan, Sosma has been used for non-terrorism purposes and Suhakam has recorded complaints alleging abuse from detainees during their 28-day detention, such as interviews being conducted under conditions designed to humiliate detainees,” it said.

In its newly released annual report for 2016, the commission also emphasised the “troubling trend to undermine any serious attempt to analyse the human rights compatibility of this so-called counter-terrorism legislation”.

“Bluntly put, the broad characterisation of ‘security offences’ under the act appears to suggest that its ambit extends beyond terrorism offences,” it said.

Suhakam added that Articles 9 and 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights guaranteed that no one was to be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile, and that everyone was entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal of any criminal charge against him. Read more

Suaram decries student’s detention under Sosma after acquittal

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NGO describes Siti’s Noor Aishah’s detention as one of the most deplorable uses of Sosma and Poca. Pic from FMT News.

NGO describes Siti’s Noor Aishah’s detention as one of the most deplorable uses of Sosma and Poca. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: The human rights and civil liberties NGO Suaram has called on the attorney-general’s chambers to withdraw its arrest of student Siti Noor Aishah Atan over alleged possession of illegal books.

Its executive director, Sevan Doraisamy, said Siti, a research student at Universiti Malaya, should be released from her detention under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

In a statement today, he said Suaram was notified that Siti had been re-arrested and returned to detention under Sosma following her hearing at the Court of Appeal this morning.

Siti was detained under Sosma for allegedly being in possession of the materials.

On Sept 29 last year, she was acquitted and discharged by the High Court over the charge of having 12 publications related to terrorism.

However, she was rearrested under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca) after her release. Read more

Cops: Gangsters financed by VIPs

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Datuk Seri Mohmad Salled holds the seized rifle. Second from right is city police chief Datuk Amar Singh. ― Malay Mail pic

Datuk Seri Mohmad Salled holds the seized rifle. Second from right is city police chief Datuk Amar Singh. ― Malay Mail pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 9 ― A Datuk Seri and four Datuks involved in politics were recently nabbed over their involvement with violent gangs.

Police warned more gang members will be picked up soon.

The Datuk Seri, a businessman in his 50s, was picked up on January 27. He was the leader of Gang 24 in Penang and was linked to the murder of Datuk Ong Teik Kwong, who was allegedly shot by his bodyguard near the Penang Bridge on December 1.

“He has a money-lending business and ran an ice cube company,” a police source in the thick of the investigations revealed.

“The Datuk Seri financed the Penang gang and gave out instructions to the members.”

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department director Datuk Seri Mohmad Salled said the four Datuks, in their 40s and 50s, were ranking members of Gang 360 Devan ― a splinter group of Gang 36. They were arrested at various locations in Kuala Lumpur last Friday.

They were among 38 gang members, aged 19 to 62, who were picked up.

Police seized eight pistols, a rifle, 768 bullets, 10.8kg of heroin and 20.9kg of amphetamines during the arrests.

“The four Datuks are involved in a political party and hold positions at the lower levels. But in the gang, they were well-positioned and gave out instructions,” he said. Read more

GPS anklet embarrasses Poca detainee

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Pic from FMT News.

Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: First they were detained for 60 days under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca) for reasons they claim are still unknown to them.

Now, the three youths have been forced to wear GPS (gobal positioning system) ankle bracelets upon their release.

Saravanan Parameswaran, 23, who lost two of his right fingers after he was attacked by gangsters in 2015, said he worried what the neighbourhood would think if the ankle bracelet was spotted on him.

“I’m embarrassed to wear shorts. People will think we are gangsters and they will say that we spent time in a lockup,” he told reporters after handing over a memorandum to human rights commission Suhakam today. Read more