Ayob Khan is Misleading the Nation on SOSMA

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is appalled by Ayob Khan’s attempt to mislead the nation on the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) in his sharing during ‘Rakyat Malaysia Terlibat Militan’[1] reported on 21 November 2019. The concerns raised by Ayob Khan is misleading as it attempts to portray Malaysia as a nation that has no criminal justice system that can address the threat of terrorism if SOSMA was to be abolished.

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SEGERA TUNAI JANJI: REFORMASIKAN UNDANG-UNDANG KESELAMATAN, MANSUH PERUNTUKAN DAN UNDANG-UNDANG ZALIM

Kami, wakil organisasi masyarakat sivil, peguam hak asasi, keluarga tahanan SOSMA, mahasiswa serta wakil parti-parti politik melahirkan kekecewaan diatas kegagalan kerajaan untuk mereformasikan undang-undang keselamatan, walaupun telah secara jelas, ia dinyatakan dalam Buku Harapan, yang merupakan manifesto pilihanraya kerajaan hari ini.

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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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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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