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The definition of The Prevention Of Terrorism Bill 2015 (POTA)

The definition of The Prevention Of Terrorism Bill 2015 (POTA)
The spread of violence which is on the increase has prompted the government to table The Prevention of Terrorism Bill 2015. - File pic
KUALA LUMPUR: 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.