The detention or supervision of any individual under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca) is based on the offence committed, says inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
Fuzi said detention and supervision would be implemented based on the decision made by the Crime Prevention Board, as well as other existing provisions.
“The board determines it, and we take action based on existing legal provisions, so any process or action cannot be made arbitrarily.
“As for the actual number, only one person is still in detention at the Special Rehabilitation Centre in Simpang Renggam, while 56 others have been freed, although they are still under Poca supervision,” he told reporters here today.
He said this when asked to comment on the calls by Suaram and Suhakam that justice and proper defence be given to the 142 juveniles detained under Poca.
Suhakam commissioner Jerald Joseph was earlier reported to have said that detention under POCA would have a negative impact on the detainees, both on their future and psychologically.
He also urged the government to review the act as well as to implement a more efficient approach to handling juveniles under detention.
Meanwhile, commenting on a claim by S Arulldas (photo), a former senior journalist with the Malay Mail, who said that he was disappointed at not being given due recognition for being the first to expose the issues of human trafficking camp and mass graves at Wang Kelian, Fuzi said he would let the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) handle the matter.
“The RCI has been formed, and we will cooperate with investigations into the matter. We will abide by whatever orders (of the RCI), which will convene and decide through an inquest within the next few months,” he said.
On Sunday, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the government had agreed to form the RCI to investigate the issues of human trafficking and mass graves in the hilly areas of Wang Kelian more than three years ago.
Earlier, Fuzi presented the Jasa Pahlawan Negara medals to 293 recipients at the Kedah police headquarters, which was also attended by state police chief Abd Rahim Jaafar.