Reject The Draconian DNA Identification Bill 2008 sign now

An effort by the Democratic Action Party Malaysia (DAP) Klang Parliamentarian, Charles Santiago.

10 Reasons - why Malaysians should reject the DNA Identification Bill 2008

On 17th August, 2008 the Barisan Nasional government introduced the controversial DNA Identification Bill in Parliament. It gives excessive powers to the Malaysian police and the Minister of Home Affairs over the use of a person's DNA in criminal offences.

The Bill violates the principles of natural justice and human rights. In fact, the Bill does not outline safeguards or measures in protecting the fundamental rights of people while in custody. There is a fear that DNA evidence can be manipulated for political purposes.

The Bill was passed in principle on 28th August, 2008. The opposition staged a walkout to protest the Minister of Home Affairs refusal to refer the Bill to a select committee for further evaluation.

The draconian bill has to be rejected by all Malaysians. If the Bill becomes Law, our freedom and rights will be further curtailed and violated.

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Please go to and sign on to the petition to demonstrate your protest against this draconian law.

Why reject the Draconian DNA Identification Bill 2008

1. A senior police officer will head the DNA databank and will be given arbitrary and wide powers to collect DNA samples from suspected individuals. The collection, storage and testing of samples should be the responsibility of a body that is independent of the police force, and which reports to Parliament. The police force has lost its independence and professionalism, thus DNA samples could be manipulated by the State for political purposes.

2. The DNA Bill seeks to collect, process and store personal and highly sensitive information regarding persons. A Data Protection Act needs to be put in place before a DNA Bill is introduced and the Federal Constitution needs to be amended to add the guarantee of the right to privacy. The privacy of individuals must be protected before the enactment of the DNA Act.

3. The DNA evidence cannot be challenged in court. The Bill states that the "DNA databank shall be admissible a conclusive proof of the DNA identification in any proceedings in court". This violates the principal of natural justice because the court will not be able to independently and objectively assess the DNA evidence. Accused persons will not be able to challenge the DNA evidence.

4. There is no mechanism for a person to challenge or request an independent review of his or her DNA sample or evidence.

5. The information in the DNA databank could be changed and manipulated easily without knowledge of the donor of the DNA sample as there are no safeguards in the Bill.

6. The categories of persons from whom DNA samples may be taken from are too arbitrary and wide as those who are held under preventive detention laws or drug rehabilitation orders and not under investigation for any offence may also be asked to provide their samples.

7. The police may "use all means necessary" to collect non-intimate samples such as saliva, hair and nail etc. What does "use all means necessary" imply when an individual is in police custody?

8. Individuals who refuse to give non-intimate samples or obstruct the collection of non-intimate samples commit a crime and upon conviction can be fined up to RM 10,000 or imprisoned for up to one year.

9. There are no specified regulations for quality control or legal safeguards in the Bill in relation to the collection, handling, storage and testing of DNA samples and profiles.

10. There is no guarantee that the DNA samples or information will be destroyed and removed from the DNA databank after the person is cleared or acquitted of the offence which he/she was suspected of committing.

10 Sebab - Mengapa Rakyat Malaysia harus tolak

Rang Undang-undang Identifikasi DNA 2008

Pada 17 Ogos 2008, kerajaaan Barisan Nasional memperkenalkan rang undang-undang identifikasi DNA yang kontroversi di parlimen. Ia memberikan kuasa terlampau kepada polis dan Menteri Dalam Negeri bagi menggunakan DNA seseorang dalam kesalahan jenayah

Rang undang-undang tersebut mencabul prinsip keadilan semula jadi dan hak asasi manusia. Sebenarnya, rang undang-undang tersebut tidak ada pendekatan untuk mempertahankan hak-hak asas seseorang semasa di bawah tahanan. Ada orang risau bukti DNA itu akan dimanupulasikan bagi tujuan politik.

Rang undang-undang tersebut diluluskan secara prinsip pada 28 Ogos 2008. Pembangkang keluar dewan untuk membantah Menteri Dalam Negeri kerana enggan merujuk rang undang-undang tersebut ke jawatankuasa pemilih bagi mengkaji secara mendalam

Rang undang-undang yang kejam tersebut sepatutnya ditolak oleh semua rakyat Malaysia. Jika rang undang-undang tersebut menjadi satu undang, kebebasan dan hak-hak kita akan semakin diancam dan dicabul.

Apa yang anda boleh buat?

Sila pergi dan tandatangan rayuan tersebut untuk menunjukkan bantahan anda terhadap undang yang kejam ini.

Mengapa tolak Rang Undang-undang Identifikasi DNA 2008

1. Seorang pegawai polis kanan akan memimpin bank data DNA dan diberi kuasa yang luas dan sewenang-wenang untuk mengambil sampel DNA daripada seseorang yang disyaki. Pengambilan, penyimpanan dan ujian sampel sepatutnya tanggungjawab satu badan yang bebas daripada pasukan polis dan melapor kepada parlimen. Pasukan polis tidak lagi independen dan professional, maka sampel DNA mungkin boleh dimanipulasikan oleh kerajaan untuk tujuan politik

2. Rang undang-undang DNA tersebut boleh mengambil, memproses dan menyimpan maklumat peribadi yang amat sensitive. Satu Akta Penjagaan Data harus diadakan sebelum rang undang-undang DNA diperkenalkan dan Perlembagaan Persekutuan harus dipinda untuk menambahkan jaminan terhadap hak-hak privasi. Privasi individu mesti dijaga sebelum menggubal Akta DNA.

3. Bukti DNA tidak boleh dicabar di dalam mahkamah. Rang undang-undang tersebut menyatakan "Maklumat daripada Bank data DNA hendaklah diterima sebagai suatu bukti muktamad bagi identifikasi DNA dalam mana-mana prosiding dalam mana-mana mahkamah". Ini mencabul prinsip keadilan semula jadi kerana mahkamah tidak boleh menyemak bukti DNA secara independen dan objektif. Seseorang yang dituduh tidak boleh mencabar bukti DNA tersebut.

4. Tiada mekanisma bagi orang yang dituduh untuk mencabar atau meminta satu semakan bebas ke atas sampel DNAnya

5. Maklumat yang terkandung di dalam bank data DNA boleh ditukar dan dimanipulasi tanpa pengetahuan pemilik sampel DNA sebab tiada penjagaan dalam rang undang-undang tersebut.

6. Golongan-golongan orang yang sampel DNAnya boleh diambil adalah terlalu luas dan sewenang-wenang sebab sesiapa yang ditahan di bawah undang-undang tahanan pencegahan atau perintah pemulihan dadah dan tidak disiasat untuk sebarang kesalahan boleh disuruh memberi sampel DNA mereka

7. Polis boleh "menggunakan segala cara yang perlu" bagi maksud untuk mengambil sampel bukan intim misalnya air liur, rambut dan kuku dan sebagainya. Apa maksud kandungan "menggunakan segala cara yang perlu bagi maksud" apabila seorang individu di bawah tahanan polis?

8. Individu-individu yang enggan memberi sampel bukan intim atau menghalang pengambilan sampel bukan intim melakukan satu jenayah dan setelah dibukti salah boleh didenda maksimum RM10,000 atau dipenjara maksimum satu tahun.

9. Tiada pengaturan yang mengawal kualiti atau penjagaan sah dalam rang undang-undang tersebut berkaitan dengan pengambilan, pemprosesan, penyimpanan dan ujian sampel dan profil DNA.

10. Tiada jaminan bahawa sampel atau maklumat DNA akan dihapuskan dan dikeluarkan dari bank data DNA selepas seorang dibukti tidak salah dalam kesalahan yang disyaki.

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