No More SOSMA Please Anwar!

Nirmala, mother of two SOSMA detainees reminds the Prime Minister, “Prime Minister kita Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim, kita perchaya dan kita undi sebab kita nak dapatkan KEADILAN untuk semua orang dekat sini. We need justice for SOSMA and we dont want all our detainees anak-anak kita dekat dalam merana without any bukti.

While SOSMA may be less onerous than the Internal Security Act 1960 (ISA), the Malaysian Human Rights body, Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia (SUHAKAM) has identified four provisions in Security Offences (Special Measure) Act 2012 (SOSMA) that violate human rights:

  1. Section 4 does not provide for judicial oversight when the detention period is extended up to 28 days.
  2. Section 5 allows the police to deny immediate access to legal representation for a period up to 48 hours.
  3. Section 6 permits the interception of communication which may infringe personal liberty and right to privacy.
  4. Section 30 compels the court, upon application by the Prosecutor to commit an acquitted person pending exhaustion of all appeals.

The alleged manifesto commitment to repeal SOSMA was dernied by Mahathir Mohamad’s PH government of GE14. Lets hope Anwar Ibrahim’s Unity Government of GE15 will be able to fulfill this goal in the cause of natural justice and human rights..