Sosma extension to be tabled in Parliament next week

Halim Said

JOHOR BARU: The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) will be tabled in Parliament next week for an extension.

The act, which was last tabled in 2012, has to be extended every five years to remain as law.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the act will be tabled and debated in Parliament next week.

“It’s a requirement for the Act to be tabled every five years,” he said after presenting prizes to the winners at Harian Metro’s Bowing Best! Tournament today, which is being held in conjunction with the daily’s 26th anniversary celebration.

Nur Jazlan said the requirement for the renewal process is to allow for a review on the existing provision, whether it would be retained or amended.

“There had been some issues raised in the past regarding the Act where some disputed that the 28 days detention for suspects detained for investigation under the Act is too long,” he said.

He said, for the ministry, the length of the detention period stipulated under the Act is satisfactory for police conduct investigations on high-risk suspects, who may be planning dangerous plots and pose to be serious security threats.

“The 28 days is adequate for police to conduct in-depth investigations on the suspects detained, inclusive of local and international checks,” he said.

He, however added, the matter would be left to the members of Parliament to debate on if there needs to be changes made to the detention period for Sosma offenders.