‘Awak kat mana’, soalan kepada ahli Parlimen Pakatan ketika Pota diluluskan...
Azmi, yang didakwa mengikut Akta Hasutan 1948 tahun lepas, sebenarnya marah terhadap pakatan pembangkang itu, yang tewas dengan hanya 19 undi pada persidangan Dewan Rakyat di mana mereka menentang undang-undang baharu itu, yang membenarkan penahanan tanpa bicara.
"Mari kita berikan tepukan yang gemuruh untuk ahli Parlimen PR yang Tuhan saja tahu di mana mereka, ketika mereka sepatutnya mengundi menentang Pota. Terima kasih banyak.
"Anda di mana? Anda sepatutnya boleh menewaskan undang-undang itu sebab anda pun tahu di mana biasanya rakan BN anda pada jam 2 pagi. Anda sepatutnya berada di sana untuk menewaskan undang-undang itu.
"Saya marah sangat, menyebabkan saya sekarang menjadi sangat tidak sederhana," katanya, mengundang ketawa daripada kira-kira 150 hadirin pada forum yang membincangkan mengenai kesederhanaan bertajuk "What is a Moderate Malaysia for Malaysians?" di Kuala Lumpur, malam tadi.
Rang undang-undang Pota diluluskan tanpa pindaan di Dewan Rakyat pada kira-kira jam 2.25 pagi Selasa, selepas dibahaskan hampir 14 jam.
Terdahulu, undian belah bahagian yang terakhir memihak kepada kerajaan dengan kiraan 79 bersetuju meluluskan dan 60 tidak bersetuju.
PR memenangi 89 kerusi dalam pilihan raya umum lalu tetapi kini mempunyai 86 ahli Parlimen selepas pemecatan Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, DAP kalah dalam pilihan raya kecil Teluk Intan dan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim disabitkan kesalahan.
Azmi, mengecam keras kedua-dua pihak, ahli Parlimen PR dan Barisan Nasional (BN) dan berkata kepimpinan negara ini "sama sekali tidak berguna".
"Kepimpinan benar-benar, sama sekali tidak berguna. Dan bila saya kata kepimpinan, saya maksudkan semua mereka, BN dan PR,” katanya.
Memberi amaran terhadap Pota, beliau berkata, undang-undang baharu itu sama seperti Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) yang dimansuhkan, pendirian yang dikongsi ahli Parlimen pembangkang yang bimbang ia mungkin digunakan ke atas mereka.
"Mereka katakan perkara sama waktu itu... yang ISA hanya untuk pemberontak dan pengganas... yang ia tidak akan digunakan terhadap ahli politik.
"Tetapi tidak lama selepas itu pembangkang dikenakan tindakan. Begitulah bagaimana teruknya ia. Kita mundur jauh ke belakang," katanya.
Enggan dilabel sebagai seorang yang "sederhana", Azmi berkata Presiden Perkasa Datuk Ibrahim Ali, yang terkenal dengan pandangan melampau dan supremasi itu juga menganggap dirinya seorang sederhana.
"Ia memberi tanggapan yang kita orang yang waras... yang kita, bagaimanapun, boleh mengambil jalan tengah. Tetapi masa itu sudah berlalu pergi,” katanya.
Pensyarah undang-undang itu berkata, daripada segi peningkatan ekstremisme di negara ini, ia bukan saja tentang mereka yang menyemai kebencian tetapi mereka yang dibekalkan dengan suasana untuk meningkatkan kebencian.
"Dan ini bukan perkara baru. Bukan semuanya salah Najib dan Rosmah," katanya merujuk kepada Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan isterinya Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
"Ia berlaku selama bertahun-tahun. Tun Dr Mahathir (Mohamad), perdana menteri paling sempurna di dunia, yang meletakkan kita dalam kedudukan di mana kita tidak lagi percaya kepada institusi kita. Institusi yang paling kita sudah tidak percaya ialah institusi kehakiman," katanya. – tmi
Pota: Jalan menuju 'ISA 2.0'
Write to your MPs for failing to stop Pota...
"I suggest the angry public write personally to the MP who didn't attend to deliver the message.
"Perhaps it won't repeat the next time," Rafizi (left) said in a Twitter posting.
The Parliament debate on Pota dragged into the wee hours of April 7 as Pakatan MPs attempted to delay the bill which reintroduces detention without trial.
Despite their efforts, the bill was passed at 2.25am. More than 20 Pakatan MPs were absent.
Even though more MPs were absent from the BN side, their superior numbers allowed them to push the bill through.
From DAP, the names of Lim Kit Siang (Gelang Patah), Lim Guan Eng (Bagan) and Liew Chin Tong (Kluang) were absent from the Parliament Hansard throughout the day.
However, DAP national organising chairperson Anthony Loke said the official absentees were only two as Kit Siang was present until 10pm but had to leave as he felt unwell.
"Lim was around from 7.30pm to 10pm. He was around for the earlier reading but he wasn't there for the last reading because he was unwell," said Loke, who is also the DAP whip.
He added that Liew and Guan Eng were absent as they had prior arrangements in Australia.
As for PKR, among those absent were party whip Johari Abdul (Sungai Petani), R Sivarasa (Subang) and Michael Teo (Miri) while the names of Fuziah Salleh (Kuantan), Fauzi Abdul Rahman (Indera Mahkota), Azmin Ali (Gombak), Kamarul Baharin Abbas (Telok Kemang) were also missing from the Hansard.
Bulk of the absentees came from PAS
However, the bulk of the absentees, at more than 10, came from PAS including its president Abdul Hadi Awang.
Some PAS MPs who were present earlier in the day, such as party whip Mahfuz Omar (Pokok Sena), were absent when the vote came up after 2am.
If an MP's name is not in the Hansard, it means he or she is either absent or did not utter a single word throughout the sitting. - mk
Pakatan MPs say had valid reasons for skipping anti-terror bill vote
PM's flip-flop raises Pota abuse fears...
There is little trust in the government or police not to abuse their power to detain without trial under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Pota), a political analyst says.
Ideas chief executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan blamed this on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's failure to usher in any meaningful transformation.
"Malaysia does not have sufficiently strong institutional guarantees to prevent abuse of powers by the executives or the police. How can anyone trust the promises made by this so-called transformational government?
"This is understandable, given the failure of the prime minister to conduct a meaningful political transformation in the country, and the conduct of the police force lately," Wan Saiful said in a statement today.
He was also sceptical of the government's assurance that it would not use the Pota to silence critics.
"When the Internal Security Act was introduced, the government at that time too promised that it would not be used for political purposes. But history tells us that many parties have accused the government of abusing the powers conferred by the ISA," Wan Saiful (right) said.
This was echoed by PAS vice-president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, who urged the people to reject the Pota and proposed amendments to the Sedition Act.
"By amending the Sedition Act, does the government want to bury freedom of speech and free media indirectly? There is no guarantee that this will not happen and that the Pota will be abused for political purposes," Tuan Ibrahim said in statement.
He said PAS, together with Pakatan, will abolish both Acts if they are given the mandate to rule in the 14th general election.
Pota was passed in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, after 12 hours of debate.
The Act allows the government to detain suspected terrorists without trial for two years, with a board empowered to renew detention indefinitely.
Meanwhile proposed amendments to the Sedition Act offer a mixed bag of greater freedoms, and greater punishments for offenders.
Among others, it makes jail time mandatory, with a minimum of three years. Those charged with sedition also face the possibility of not being allowed to post bail.
Human rights ‘black hole’
These developments have alarmed NGO Amnesty International, which said Malaysia is close to becoming a human rights "black hole"
"With the stroke of a pen, Malaysia has managed to get one step closer to becoming a ‘human rights black hole’, where fundamental rights to a fair trial or freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, even if enshrined in the Malaysian constitution, are increasingly being undermined in the name of national security," Amnesty's Malaysian researcher Hazel Galang-Folli said in a statement yesterday.
"Abandoning people to rot in a cell for years on end without a judicial process and proof that they have committed a crime is just like aimlessly stabbing in the dark.
"Authorities in Malaysia must immediately repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Sedition Act and release all those who have been detained under these for only expressing their opinions peacefully," Galang-Folli added.- mk