KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4, 2015:

The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012 has been politicised as those arrested under it were close to causes of the critics, says Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Razali Ibrahim.

Speaking to reporters at the Parliament lobby here today, Razali said even if the Act could somehow be blamed, the government’s hands were clean as the Act was passed by Parliament and was under the purview of the judiciary.

“The judiciary can overrule Parliament’s decision, it has happened before and Parliament has its powers, executive has its powers, and they all have checks and balances.

“Only the rakyat are convinced that there is a power controlling all of these. Sosma, once implemented, is not the government’s job as it has its own rules, a specific court and a specific judge to hear the cases.

“If the judiciary feels it is unnecessary, the cases brought by the A-G (Attorney-General) cannot be heard anyway,” said Razali, adding that if the “experts” frequently criticising the Act were unhappy, they could challenge Sosma in court, but not through the media.”

The Muar Member of Parliament also expressed his agreement with the statement made by former A-G Tan Sri Gani Patail, in a forum last night, asking the public to listen to him (Gani) as he was responsible for drafting the Act.

“Many have interpreted Sosma inaccurately, saying that it is for terrorists when it’s actually a preventive measure that is more transparent than ISA (Internal Securities Act) as it does not give complete control to Ministers.

“Sosma also requires for remand to be applied and suspects to be charged, but the Act does not mention that it is meant for terrorism.

“Sosma involves national security and if it happens to involve terrorists, then it must be clear that the Act is not about dealing with terrorists alone but also about national security.”

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