Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Nancy Shukri, reassures that the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 amendments enforced earlier this month will not be used to detain people politically but instead be used to defend the safety of the people across the nation.
Nancy, who is appointed as the Minister in charge of Law in Malaysia, stated this to members of the Malaysian Bar, Sabah Law Association and Sarawak Advocates Association at the Tripartite Gala Dinner held at Kota Kinabalu’s Pacific Sutera Hotel recently.
The Minister said she was spurred to take drastic action after viewing video clips shown by the Police of serious crimes committed by gangsters or organized crime societies and groups.
“I told myself, this is it. We have to take drastic approach in order to curb these crimes,” said Nancy. “The drastic approach is not to threaten the society, neither is it to take away the liberty of any Malaysians.”
“This law is to defend the safety of the nation overall, not the rowdy group responsible for creating crimes such as murder and robbery,” explained Nancy. “We are not speaking of the human rights of potential criminals but instead we are talking about the liberty and rights of Malaysians to live in peace and their safety.”
The minister also acknowledged the fears voiced out in Parliament regarding concerns that the amendments may be used by authorities to abuse the legal process.
“Believe me, I would not want to see that happening,” said Nancy. “This amendment is not to be used to detain people politically.
In 1994, with the addition of the legal body from the Federal Territory, the original games held between the legal bodies in Sabah and Sarawak evolved into the Tripartite Bar Games. For the first time since 1994, Sabah has once again hosted the games for 2013.
A total of 299 legal professionals partook in this year’s Tripartite Games. 129 from Sabah, 92 from the Malaysian Bar council and 78 of Sarawak’s Advocated Association. Basketball, paintball and ladies futsal were added into the existing list of sports games such as football, badminton, golf and cross country this year.
“I sincerely hope that this sporting event will not merely be a normal sports event but also a platform for all of us to engage with each other and enhance the relationship between members of the Malaysian Bar, Sabah Law Association as well as the Advocates’ Association of Sarawak,” said Nancy earlier in her speech.
Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun were among those present at the gala dinner. Former Sabah and Sarawak Chief Judge Tan Sri Steve Shim, Sandakan High Court Juridical Commissioner Datuk Douglas Primus, Kota Kinabalu High Court Judge Ravinthran Paramuguru, Sarawak Advocates Association President Khairil Azmi Mohd Hasbie, Malaysian Bar Council President Christopher Leong, Sabah Law Association President Datuk Ganesh Nandy and it’s immediate past president Datuk John Sikayun were also among those present that night.