KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 (Bernama) — The Banishment Act 1959 (Act 79) has not been applied since 34 years ago and the time has now come for the government to repeal the legislation, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
“Based on record, the act was used widely only in the 60s. The last time it was being applied was in 1977 in the case involving the Home Minister vs Chu Choon Yong and Anor.
“After that case and until now, the act has never been applied,” he said when tabling the Banishment (Repeal) Bill for second reading at the Dewan Rakyat Wednesday.
He added that after that particular case, detentions and repatriations of foreigners were carried out under the Immigration Act 1959/63 (Act 155) in view of the fact that these were also provided for under Act 155.
“This means that the repeal of the Banishment Act 1959 is appropriate because it is no longer relevant. The move will also tighten up the country’s legal system,” he said.
Najib said the move would have no effects on warrants, orders, directives or any other instruments, or detentions made under the act before the repeal took effect.
The bill does not involve any additional expenditure by the government.
The prime minister said that although the act was repealed, the government would ensure that the country’s security as well as public order and harmony among the people were safeguarded.
There were other mechanisms to tackle matters previously dealth with under the act, he added.
Source : Bernama