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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LIBERTY MUST BE ADMINISTERED EXPEDITIOUSLY

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 27 Aug 2018

The hunger strike by 160 detainees under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012 at Sungai Buloh prison who are demanding the government abolishes the detention-without-trial Act, reminds me of the hunger strike by Operation Lalang detainees in 1988. I shall never forget the passionate plea by the late Karpal Singh at his habeas corpus hearing then that “a person’s freedom must be attended to EXPEDITIOUSLY…”

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SOSMA Must Go and Juvenile Detainees must be Freed Immediately

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) welcomes the announcement by Tun Mahathir Mohamad regarding the administration’s plans to abolish the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA).

Since its inception, SOSMA has been used extensively by the Royal Malaysian Police with more than 1,600 detentions since July 2012. Despite assurances by the former administration, the denial of the right to fair trial and torture in detention remains prevalent with SUARAM’s documenting countless case of brutal torture akin to those faced by detainees under the Internal Security Act 1960.

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Home Affairs must Intervene on Minors Detained under POCA/SOSMA Immediately

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) welcomes the stance adopted by the new Minister for Home Affairs, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on reviewing draconian laws and the acknowledgement for the need for engagement with civil societies.

While the promises for consultation and review of draconian law is a much appreciated after decades of repression, SUARAM would like to remind the Minister that there are urgent matters which requires his immediate interventions.

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