Ambiga: No Need to Use Sosma Against Assemblypersons

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Prominent lawyer and activist Ambiga Sreenevasan today questioned why Pakatan Harapan (PH) would allow two assemblymen to be detained under the Special Offences (Security Measures) Act (Sosma).

She said that their arrests came as a shock to her and that it was unnecessary to hold them under the oppressive law.

“I’m quite shocked. The basis has been given, but I don’t see why it has to be Sosma. 

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“There is no need to use it. I’m appalled that this is happening under this government,” she said today.

“For me, Sosma is out. There is no need to use Sosma on two assemblypersons, for goodness sake,” she added.

DAP’s Gadek assemblyman G Saminathan, who is also a Malacca state executive councillor, and Seremban Jaya assemblyman P Gunasekaren were arrested along with five others yesterday.

The seven were arrested for allegedly promoting and raising funds for the defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Ambiga said the police should have instead called them in for questioning.

“I also find it hard to believe that LTTE poses any threat now.”

According to police, all the suspects aged between 27 and 60, are detained for 28 days under the Act.


Earlier reports:

Oct 10, Bukit Aman: Plans Afoot to Revive Tamil Tigers Attack, Sri Lanka High Commission

Oct 10, Two DAP Reps Arrested Under Sosma over Alleged Links with Tamil Tigers