Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985

The Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985 [DDA] is a law that was introduced to provide power of preventive detention for alleged drug trafficking activities.

This law provides the Royal Malaysian Police power to detain an individual for not more than 60 days for drug related offences. Following the preliminary 60 days detention, individuals can be detained for a period not more than 2 years by the Home Ministry.

On top of the elements of detention without trial, those detained would ‘lose’ their rights under Section 112(2) of the Civil Procedure Code (right to refuse to answer questions that may provides answers that has a tendency to expose a person to a criminal charge).

Under Section 4 of DDA, no such rights is afforded to those subjected to questioning.