Muhyiddin says cops told to draw up new rules pending repeal of security laws

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at Parliament in Kuala Lumpur October 24, 2018. — Picture by Azneal Ishak
Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at Parliament in Kuala Lumpur October 24, 2018. — Picture by Azneal Ishak

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — The police have been directed to formulate new procedures for repressive laws that the government intends to repeal, said Home Affairs Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He explained that the move was to ensure there will be no misunderstanding from the public that the Pakatan Harapan government was cruel and irresponsible by continuing to enforce such laws.

“Until these laws are repealed, I have asked the police to prepare new SOP so that there would not be a misunderstanding.

“This is a temporary step so that the police will not act as if the laws are still in effect like before,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby, here, today.

Earlier, the Pagoh MP had received a memorandum from NGO representatives and family members of Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) detainees urging for the abolishment of the law.

Muhyiddin said a technical committee at the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) was currently tweaking a report by a special committee that was set up in July to review six existing laws that come under the Home Ministry in relation to national security.

He said the review of the laws was one of the pledges included in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto.

The laws include Sosma, the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Pota), the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca), Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, the Sedition Act 1948, the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and the mandatory death sentence.

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