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“Malaysia Will Be Dominated By Criminals And Terrorists If We Don’t Enforce Sosma” Says Home Minister On 28-Day Detention Period

“Malaysia Will Be Dominated By Criminals And Terrorists If We Don’t Enforce Sosma” Says Home Minister On 28-Day Detention Period

Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said that Parliament should extend it for another five more years.

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Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin today tabled a motion in Parliament to extend the enforcement of the sub-section 4(5) of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), which allows for a 28-day maximum detention period without trial.

The motion seeks to enforce sub-section 4(5) of the Sosma Act 2012 for another five years beginning from 31 July 2022.

Hamzah said that the country will be dominated by criminals and terrorists if the act is not enforced while also calling for the police to be given ample time to carry out their duties.

Hamzah added that the investigation of cases involving security offences, especially terrorism and organised crime is complex and time-consuming as it requires the police to collect evidence from the detainees and also to liaise with other enforcement agencies to collect information pertaining to the crime.

“There are also cases of cross-border violence offences that need mutual assistance from a foreign country for the purpose of collecting information available abroad and this mutual aid takes a long time,” Hamzah was quoted by the Malay Mail.

Sub-section 4(5), which was last renewed in 2017, must be reviewed and agreed upon by both Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara every five years.

Hamzah said that police investigations may be jeopardised as the men in blue need to expedite the process if sub-section 4(5) is not extended.

“In addition, advances in communication and transportation technology allow released offenders the opportunity to hide or escape overseas. 

“Not to mention the suspect may have a relationship with organised crime groups or terrorist groups with wide networks,” he said.


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