SUBANG JAYA, Jan 16, 2016:

The suicide bombings that erupted in Jakarta, Indonesia and other countries recently should not be turned into an excuse for the government to introduce new laws or use existing laws to curtail terrorism, said Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) president Mohamad Sabu.

He said other laws, which he had branded as “ridiculous” previously, also needed to be repealed.

“We do not agree with anything that involves the public whether it is in Jakarta, or Paris (France). We do not agree with the concept of Islamic State (terrorist organisation) that condones the acts.

“We accept the Islamic nation concept, but not theirs. We choose democracy and elections. Acts are not needed. Prevent terrorism through education and democracy.

“There is no need for new acts, as the old ones are ridiculous,” Mohamad, or Mat Sabut, as he is more commonly known as, told reporters after delivering a speech during the DAP National Leadership Retreat 2016 at the Dorsett Grand Hotel here today.

Following the repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA), the government had introduced new laws to combat terrorism.

However, Opposition parties have lobbied against the Prevention of Crime Act 2013 (POCA), Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (POTA), the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, and the National Security Council 2015 (NSC).

On Thursday evening, Indonesia was hit with a series of explosions by suicide bombers that rocked Jakarta.

This led to Malaysia’s police saying they are on high alert after the attacks, with one suspected militant arrested in Kuala Lumpur who had later revealed he had been planning a suicide attack in the city.

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