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NCJ Number: 164125 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Justice Administration in Malaysia
Author(s): H J Kamaruddin Vin Hamzah
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders
Tokyo, Japan
Sale Source: United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders
26-1 Harumi-Cho, Fuchu
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Japan
Annotation: The criminal justice system in Malaysia is analyzed with respect to efforts improve police-community relations, crime prevention, the role of the public prosecutor, trials, and efforts to address prison overcrowding.
Abstract: Various programs have been implemented to strengthen the relationship between the police and the public in crime prevention and cooperation. The increasing sophistication of criminal activities has increased the difficulty of the police role; the trust of the public and improvements in the investigative competence of the police are essential to effective collection of intelligence, investigation, and prosecution. In Malaysia, the attorney general is also the public prosecutor; it would be desirable to remove the attorney general's powers to prosecute. A commission consisting of representatives of the groups that contribute to the administration of justice should appoint the public prosecutor. The police also have the responsibility of conducting prosecutions and need exposure to case-law studies and the increasing complexity of laws. Reducing and preventing delays in trials will require cooperation among criminal justice agencies. In addition, immediate steps are needed to find ways of addressing prison overcrowding. Otherwise, Malaysia's criminal justice system will continue to be criticized for using outmoded methods to deal with contemporary complexities. Imprisonment is currently the only correctional option; alternatives to institutionalization are needed.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Community relations; Corrections in foreign countries; Foreign courts; Foreign police; Malaysia
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