21 Apr '12, 7am

Is the Security Offences Bill constitutional? -by Tommy Thomas (TMI)

The first observation to make is that the “security offences” under the Security Offences Bill already exist as offences under the laws of Malaysia, that is, by virtue of Chapters VI and VIA of the Penal Code, which came into force in 2007. Why is it therefore necessary for Parliament to legislate on a second occasion the exact same offences using the exact same language? The simple answer is that those accused of committing these offences under the Special Offences Bill will be prosecuted and tried in a very oppressive manner when compared to a prosecution and trial under the Penal Code. This seems to be the raison de’ etre of the Special Offences Bill. I wonder if Prime Minister Najib has been properly briefed that this is the consequence of the Bill?

Full article: http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2012/04/21/is-the-security-of...

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