Amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act (PCA) are expected to be placed before Parliament today for the first reading, but without consultation with the legal fraternity.
In drafting amendments to any law, feedback from stakeholders - such as the Bar Council and the police - is often sought by the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC).

NONEBut Bar Council president Christopher Leong (left) said the body has not been given a copy of draft Bill and, therefore, has not discussed its provisions with the AGC.

Crime committee member Baljit Singh Sidhu said: "Normally a copy would be given to us for scrutiny before it is tabled. However, we have yet to see it."
It is understood the amendments to the PCA will be tabled with amendments to Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code.

The PCA allows for detention of an individual for up to 72 days with a court order, unlike the repealed Internal Security Act (ISA) which provided for indefinite detention without trial.
However, the PCA is now seen as not providing sufficient powers to the police in dealing with organised crime in particular, hence the move to make changes.
Sabah Law not consulted either
The PCA currently does not cover Sabah and Sarawak as it was passed in 1959, well before the two states joined the Federation of Malaysia.
If the states are to be covered by the Act, then amendments would be required.
Sabah Law Association president GBB Nandy @ Gaanesh confirmed that the body has not been consulted over proposed expansion of the Act to Sabah.
Malaysiakini is awaiting a response from the Advocates Association of Sarawak.

NONEEarlier this month, Ahmad Zahid (left) said the 72-day detention period allowed under the Act would not be lengthened.
He said other amendments would give more power to the police to fight crime.

He has previously insisted on the need for preventive detention laws.
The repeal of the Emergency Ordinance and ISA, he said, has led to the escalating incidence of violent crime.

Under the ongoing 'Ops Cantas', the police are using provisions of the PCA to remand suspects.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, when opening a law conference last week, said the country is "in the midst of reviewing its prevention of crime laws to give more powers to the police, but at the same time, ensure that the rights of citizens are protected".

He said it is crucial to find the right balance and that the review is necessary because of the upsurge in criminal activity by organised gangs.

However, Pakatan Rakyat is opposed to the PCA being amended to provide the police with more powers of preventive detention.