KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 15 ― The government will not table its review of the controversial Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) in the current Dewan Rakyat sitting, Datuk Azis Jamman said today.
The deputy home minister confirmed his ministry is looking into the preventive law, which allows for detention without trial in unlimited incremental blocks of 28 days, and was most recently invoked for the arrest of 12 people suspected of trying to revive a defunct Sri Lankan terror group.
Two of them were DAP assemblymen from Negri Sembilan and Melaka, P. Gunasekaran and G. Saminathan respectively.
“It won’t be tabled this sitting. Just give us time,” Azis told reporters at the Parliament lobby.
He said the review was made in accordance to the Pakatan Harapan (PH) electoral manifesto on draconian laws, including Sosma.
Azis was responding to Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu’s earlier remarks today that the government is looking to “improve” Sosma following the arrest of the 12 over their supposed links to the Liberation Tiger of Tamil Elam (LTTE).
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