Retaining SOSMA and POCA a Betrayal of Peoples’ Trust and Aspiration

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) condemns the reversal of the Minister of Home Affair, Muhyiddin Yassin’s position on the abolishment of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) and the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (POCA).

The claims that SOSMA and POCA provides and guarantee the safety and security of Malaysia is deceitful at best. By claiming that these laws are critical for national security, the Minister is suggesting that our criminal justice system under the Criminal Procedure Code and the Penal Code that has withstood the test of time is irrelevant or incapable of addressing criminal matters or providing justice.

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Implement Moratorium on the use of Draconian Laws as Sign of Commitment to Human Rights

We the undersigned civil society groups are monitoring the current political development and we are alarmed by some of the comments, remarks and actions by some members of the newly formed government on governance and human rights issues.

As a new government that carries the hopes and aspiration of Malaysians for a better Malaysia, the government must not waver in its commitment to good governance and human rights. It must outline a clear and tangible roadmap for reform in collaboration with civil societies that have played monumental role in upholding democracy and human rights.

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