Amendment seeks unlimited term for Poca board members


Source: FMT News 

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.