PETALING JAYA - The police need the Crime Prevention Act (CPA) to go after hardcore criminals, especially those involved in serious crimes, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan.
He said the CPA was warranted to battle serious crimes, especially following the recent spate of shooting cases.
"Using the CPA is a necessity at this point in time. We should let them use the CPA as soon as possible. Tackling serious crime is a priority," he said yesterday.
Low reminded the public not to discourage the police by making baseless allegations of abuse in using the CPA.
"We cannot assume the police will abuse (the law). The main focus is to make the streets safer and solve crime," he said.
Malaysians, he said, should not distract the police by always focusing on negativity.
The CPA is the main legislation police are relying on to hold suspected gangsters and criminals during Ops Cantas Khas.
It allows suspected gang members to be detained for 14 days, and an additional 28 days if required, for further investigation.
Inquiry officers will be appointed during this time to determine if there are grounds for the suspects' detention and to establish if they are indeed gang members.
The inquiry reports would then be forwarded to the Home Minister for endorsement, with the remanded suspects having the right to appeal their detention orders.