No plans to bring back preventive laws: Najib

No plans to bring back preventive laws: Najib
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during the announcement of his new cabinet ministers lineup at his office in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur May 15, 2013.

PUTRAJAYA - There are no immediate plans to bring back already abolished preventive laws, said the prime minister.

The government, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said, had not made a final decision on the reintroduction of such laws, and was only assessing whether existing laws were sufficient to tackle crime effectively.

Speaking to reporters at the Finance Ministry's Hari Raya open house yesterday, Najib said he had already made apublic commitment that should existing laws prove inadequate, they would be strengthened with provisions to safeguard against possible abuse.

Asked on the possibility of reintroducing preventive laws, he replied: "Not yet. We have not made any final decisions."

Najib said intensive discussions among the relevant quarters were ongoing to see whether additional laws were needed.

He said the discussions included the subject of possible infringements on human rights.

"The only problem (involving) preventive laws is that the crime has not been committed yet. How do you arrest someone if that person has not committed a crime?

"If on mere suspicion, are there sufficient grounds to arrest someone on the basis of preventive laws?"

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