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…”


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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Siti Noor Aishah Re-Arrested

Siti Noor Aishah Re-Arrested

On 27 March 2017, SUARAM was notified that Siti Noor Aishah, the research student at University Malaya who was previously detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) for possession of 12 ‘illegal’ books. After her release on 29th September 2016, she was re-arrested under Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (POCA). After her 60 days detention under POCA, Siti Noor Aishah has been sentence to house arrest with an electronic monitoring device (EMD) attached to her.

Despite the repeated failure by the police and the attorney general chamber in establishing a case against Siti Noor Aishah, the attorney general chamber appealed the High Court’s decision to discharge Siti Noor Aishah. Following her hearing at the Court of Appeal this morning, Siti was re-arrested and returned to detention under SOSMA pending the continuation of her trial at high court.

SUARAM strongly condemn the use of laws such as SOSMA that provides detention without trial. To date, Siti’s detention remain one of the most deplorable use of SOSMA and POCA. With no clear evidence against her, the repeated attempt to deprive Siti of her freedom through unscrupulous means can only be described as abuse of power and a gross human rights violations.

The fact that Siti Noor Aishah is already sentenced to house arrest with EMD under POCA and the finding by the High Court judge stands in her favour, it is abundantly clear that there is no need for her to continue her detention under SOSMA while her case proceeds to full trial. On this note, SUARAM calls on the Attorney General Chambers to rescind its stance on the matter and allow Siti to be released from SOSMA detention.

In Solidarity
Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director

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