MALAYSIA - Political assurances that the Prevention of Crime Act (PCA) will not be abused are insufficient, says the Association for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham).
"Check of abuse is only possible through open trial," says Proham secretary-general Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria in a brief SMS from overseas.
He says Proham has participated and given its views in two forums with the Home Ministry, where the Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zahid Hamidi himself was present, prior to the tabling of the PCA bill in parliament.
Dr Denison also says he had personally given the Proham written report with their views on the issue to both Zahid and the Attorney-General.
"But our views were not taken into account in the new Act," he stresses.
Dr Denison points out that the PCA's provision of detention without trial and "very limited and restricted judicial review and access to legal counsel" is a violation of human rights.
"I am disappointed because PM Datuk Seri Najib (Tun Razak)'s administration had shown a strong commitment against detention without trial (by doing away with the ISA and EO)," he says.
"You can still come down hard on crime without compromising human rights."