To cut crime, Putrajaya to use laws to electronically monitor suspects, intercept communications

A spate of high profile shootings has pushed Putrajaya to start intercepting communications and electronically monitor suspects out on bail under new security provisions, the government efficiency unit Pemandu said today.

Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) chief executive Datuk Seri Idris Jala said the government will use existing laws until new legislation can be introduced to act against serious and organised crime.

"Taking into account that the process of introducing any new legislation can take up to six months in the best case scenario, we will also put in place immediate term measures to enhance and accelerate measures utilising existing laws and provisions to curb violent and organised crime activies," said the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in a statement in Kuala Lumpur today.

Idris said the government will use the Prevention of Crime Act (PCA) 1959 to allow enforcement authorities to investigate, register and monitor organised crime and repeat offenders.

"The joint task force will strengthen the capabilities of all relevant parties, including PDRM, AGC and the courts, to put known and repeat offenders of violent and organised crime under supervision," he said, referring to the Royal Malaysian Police and the Attorney-General's Chambers.

He also disclosed that the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) had a new provision that allowed interception of communications to enhance the capabilities of law enforcement officers to compile evidence against organised and violent crime offenders.

The minister also said the new Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA) 2012 and the CPC also allowed the use of electronic monitoring devices (EMD) to monitor the whereabouts of offenders released on bail to ensure that they are not committing another crime.

"Other countries such as the UK and the US have been making use of the EMDs for quite some time, and they have seen a declining rate of recidivism," Idris said.

The government had announced a new legislation to strengthen the capabilities of the police in acting against serious and organised crime. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said this action was required to bring back public peace and confidence.

On Saturday, MyWatch chairman R. Sri Sanjeevan was shot in Jempol, Negri Sembilan by a pillion rider on a motorcycle. Sanjeevan survived the attack and is reported to be in stable condition at a hospital in Negri Sembilan.

On Monday, Arab Malaysian Development Bank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi was shot three times as he was walking towards a carpark in Lorong Ceylon with his wife Cheong Mei Kuen.

The 75-year-old died at the scene while Cheong suffered injuries and was sent to the hospital. - August 1, 2013


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