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Preventive detention is still needed but must come with a check mechanism

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New Act allows preventive detention without trial for 28-day may sound inhuman, but I prefer our civilians are protected from any terrorized attacks with bomb, poison gas, etc. with preempted action by police.

The detention order should be allowed to be challenged in court. The Security Offences Act is much humane than ISA, I support it now.

‘New act won’t curb police’

KLUANG: The introduction of the Security Offences Act to replace the Internal Security Act will not affect the power of the police to act against any threat to the country’s security.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said before the government decided to introduce the new act, discussions were held with the police and several matters were taken into consideration.

“We would not be introducing the new act if the police were not comfortable with it.

“The police have already given their assurances that they will ensure that the country is safe.”

Hishammuddin said the cabinet had also agreed that there was a need for capacity building for the police.

“This is in terms of investigation methods, intelligence, monitoring and relationships with other countries. We need to move forward. […]