Malaysia to join ranks of nations with laws against terror

Malaysia to join ranks of nations with laws against terror
Officers from Malaysia's Special Branch Counter Terrorism Unit arrest a suspect.

PETALING JAYA - Malaysia will join the ranks of other countries that have in place anti-terrorism laws when a Bill is tabled in Parliament this month.

Among those countries that have laws to combat the threat of terrorism are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Pakistan, the United States and the Philippines.

In the United States, the Homeland Security Act 2002 was a response to the Sept 11 terror attack on the New York World Trade Center in 2001.

That law paved the way for the formation of the US Department of Homeland Security to protect the United States from terrorists and in the event of natural disasters.

Malaysia's neighbour in South-East Asia, the Philippines, has an anti-terrorism law called the Human Security Act 2007.

It was created to curb militants such as the Abu Sayyaf group, which has been linked to al-Qaeda terrorists, accused of carrying out bombings in the region.

That Act enables three days of detention without a warrant but arresting officers must immediately notify a judge of the arrest.

The Anti-Terrorism Act 2005 in Australia is a move to tackle any potential terrorists in that country.

Under the law, a person can be jailed for life if found guilty of even funding a potential terrorist.

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