Malaysia working on new law on anti-terror

Malaysia working on new law on anti-terror
Malaysia's Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

KUALA LUMPUR - A new anti-terrorism law will be put in place to allow authorities to use information found on social media as hard evidence in court.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the new provision would either be included in the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) or be formulated into a new Act.

He said a similar law under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 would allow the authorities to use information from social media as hard evidence against gangsterism.

"We want to do the same for terrorism," he said after attending a seminar at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia here yesterday.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said the new law would focus on the prevention of terrorism especially in monitoring communication lines used by potential terrorists.

"This includes tapping all assets and equipment used for communications, such as social media," he said.

He, however, assured the public that the new laws would not be used to encroach on the people's privacy.

"Only those who are on the suspect list will be monitored. The authorities would not simply spy on everyone," he said.

Dr Ahmad Zahid also said the new law would see the transferring of the executive powers on detention from the minister to a panel of senior law enforcers and legal practitioners for greater transparency.

In SHAH ALAM, Dr Ahmad Zahid said stern action would be taken against organisations that receive external funding to carry out unlawful activities.

"We do not want any organisation to get outside funding to initiate violence here," he said in his speech at a national-level carnival organised by the Registrar of Societies.

At a press conference later, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the Anti-Money Laundering Act would be used to bust such organisations.

"ROS will work with the police to take action against these people," he said.

He said his ministry and ROS, together with the police, would go after any organisation or individual who uses these funds to train, initiate or support violence.

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