Updated: The Scribe mentions the EO in his latest posting h e r e:
"... I salute Ahmad Zahid for admitting that most of the criminals detained by police were former Emergency Ordinance (EO) detainees (read here) released when Mohd Najib repealed the law along side the ISA and the Banishment Act. Clever.Hard to miss the sarcasm...
The news: Zahid: Most criminals nabbed are ex-EO detainees, The Star, 11 July 2013
Ah, YB Tony Pua has done it again! Rising crime, he says, has nothing to do with the repeal of the Emergency Ordinance two years ago (which effectively took away police authority to detain criminal suspects without trial), but all to do with PDRM's "lack of professionalism", "incompetence". That must hurt but our men and women in blue must regard the scorn as part of Ramadan's trials; if it's any consolation, Tony Pua has said a lot worse of our people at Malaysia Airports.
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Poor upbringing aside, the parliamentary debate on the relations between rising crime and the now-defunct Emergeny Ordinance presents us with a great irony in which our politicians from the Opposition, who have all along insisted that crime is on the rise, are unhappy that Zahid Hamidi doesn't disagree with them.
Worse still, the Home Minister is planning to do something about it. Zahid plans to introduce a new law resembling the EO because, as he told Dewan Rakyat yesterday, not only have serious crimes gone up, many of them involved former EO detainees. The draft of the new EO has been submitted to the Attorney-General.
I can understand Tony Pua's predicament: the DAP was, after all, responsible for putting pressure on the Government to repeal the EO in the first place and if it's true - and it's probably true - that crime has gone up partly because we have freed those crooks and scoundrels, including crime bosses, to commit those crimes, it won't look good on the DAP and the Opposition.
But most people agree with Zahid and public perception is such that we believe that the repeal of the EO has emboldened the criminals. It was probably one of the biggest mistakes of a Government in which both Tony Pua and Zahid Hamidi were part of and which the current Government must rectify immediately. To the MPs debating this issue in the current session of Parliament, please save your politics for another occasion which does not concern our safety and well-being.
Pua: Of late, does not mince words
If you ask me, the only matter that requires debate, as far a new EO is concerned, is whether or not those "suspects" should be held at the old detention centre in Simpang Renggam, the town in Johor made famous by the old EO.
Tony Pua should fight for a new detention centre to be built in his constituency. That way it'd be more convenient for him to defend those suspects ...