Hunger strike to continue if govt failed to abolish Sosma: NGO

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KUALA LUMPUR: A non-governmental organisation today said Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) detainees will continue their hunger strike if the government failed to address their plight within three months.

Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs Association of Malaysia (Ikhlas) president, Datuk Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah said family members of the detainees will also gather outside the Sungai Buloh prison to urge the government to abolish Sosma.

"Gathering will be held outside prisons across the nation, joined by family members of the Sosma detainees.

"Prior to this, only hundreds came. In future, we expect more people will join us." he said.

Ridzuan said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohamed Hanipa Maidin must "make good" on the promise he made during his visit to Sungai Buloh prison two days ago.

The deputy minister, who is in charge of legal affairs, was there to ask the detainees to end their hunger strike which started on Friday.

Ridzuan added that he was told by the detainees' family members that Hanipa had said that the government was looking into addressing the matter within three months.

He said during the meeting, the detainees managed to hand over some documents to Hanipa, to be presented to the Cabinet.

"We hope there is no need to go to that extent but families want to see resolution to the matter." he said.

On Monday, the NSTP reported that the government was looking into repealing Sosma by setting up a special committee.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Azis Jamman was quoted as saying that the committee, which has met several times, comprised of enforcement agencies, non-governmental organisations, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia and the Attorney-General's Chambers. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd