WAR ON TERROR: RULE OF LAW IS PARAMOUNT

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 22 October 2019

Do Malaysians still remember how the Prime Minister has repeatedly stressed that “New Malaysia” is strictly based on the rule of law? This is apart from the PH GE14 manifesto that promised to do away with detention without trial laws such as SOSMA, POCA and POTA.

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No Rule of Law and Fair Trial if SOSMA Stays

We, the undersigned civil society organizations are gravely concerned with the continued use of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) in spite of Pakatan Harapan’s election manifesto to abolish the draconian provisions of this law that permits detention without trial. In addition, Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad stated in July 2018 that SOSMA would be abolished.  The dragnet that led to the arrest and detention of at least 12 individuals with alleged link to the long-defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is not only a betrayal of these promises  but stands as yet another failure by the Pakatan Harapan administration in upholding fundamental principles of the rule of law and the right to fair trial. The Royal Malaysian Police has revealed that it has conducted an investigation into the alleged support for LTTE before conducting its operations and detaining the 12 individuals under SOSMA. This claim by Ayob Khan only puts the further question as to why SOSMA was even invoked to address the possible threat to the safety and security of Malaysia.

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