: The spread of violence which is on the increase and threatening national security has prompted the government to table The Prevention of Terrorism Bill 2015 as a measure to address militant activity in the country.
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The following are the essence of the bill tabled for second reading today: PURPOSE: *
A law to prevent the conduct or support for acts of violence involving terrorist organization of a foreign country and for the control of persons affected by such act. *
Ensure that no individual escape legislative action should they engage in terrorism. *
The Act ensures that the citizens and the country's security are not threatened by those involved in militant activities. BACKGROUND *
On Nov 26, 2014, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak presented a white paper entitled "Towards Addressing Threats of Islamic State (IS) Groups" in Parliament in acknowledging the continued threat of violence within and outside the country. *
The white paper stressed the government's commitment in combating threats posed by IS with the international community. *
Based on the recommendation in paragraph 59 of the white paper, a new law will be enacted to specifically address the threat of IS. ELEMENTS OF POWER IN POTA *
A police officer may without a warrant, arrest any person if he has reason to believe there are reasons that justify an inquiry be held into the case of the person. *
When a person is arrested, the case shall be referred by police officers to the public prosecutor for further instructions no later than seven days from the date of arrest. *
Any person who is arrested shall, unless discharged earlier, be brought before a magistrate within 24 hours *
No person shall be arrested and detained solely on his/her political belief or political activity. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN POTA AND ISA *
The executive powers of the minister in the ISA will be taken over by the Prevention of Violence Board, whose members are appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. *
A person who is arrested can meet his next-of-kins and seek the services of a lawyer of his/her choice.