PUTRAJAYA – The Prevention of Crime Act (POCA) 1959 has gone through a series of amendments to make it more effective in combating crime, especially organised crime by syndicates using force and violence. The amendments and upgrades are also in tandem with current developments.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also Home Minister, said POCA was enforced in 1959 in the Peninsular of Malaysia to control and prevent organised crime by criminals, members of secret societies and other undesirable individuals who threatened national security.
He said it was ‘refreshed’ through the POCA (Amendment and Extension) 2014, which was more effective in combating violent acts of crime and in balancing the law with human rights, and also in line with the maintenance of national security and peace.
“We had the obligations to ensure that the amendments to POCA 1959 were stronger and better,” he said in recalling POCA’s series of amendments when launching his book entitled ‘POCA: Nafas Baharu Banteras Jenayah’ (POCA – A Fresh Approach to Combat Crime), here, today.
Ahmad Zahid said security in Malaysia has been under control since the enforcement of POCA (Amendment and Extension) in 2014 until today. The country has recorded a declining crime rate of 47 percent. -MalaysiaGazette