PH MPs to submit memo on Sosma detainees to home minister

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A few Pakatan Harapan (PH) MPs received a memorandum calling for the release of several detainees under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) outside Parliament this morning.

Among them was Klang MP V Ganabatirau, who told reporters that he and Damansara MP Gobind Singh Deo will be handing the memorandum over to home minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

Citing his experience being detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for 495 days, Ganabatirau said he understood the plight of family members of Sosma detainees.

“Gobind had issued a statement providing a clear picture (on Sosma) and I couldn’t agree more,” he said after receiving the memorandum from the families of the detainees.

The group was also accompanied by representatives from rights group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram).

Other PH MPs who were present to receive the memorandum were P Prabakaran (Batu), RSN Rayer (Jelutong), Chow Yu Hui (Raub), Tan Hong Pin (Bakri), and Chiew Choon Man (Miri).

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Saifuddin had defended the controversial law last week, saying it “allows the court process to take place” and it was necessary to tackle organised crime-related cases.

He later acknowledged that certain provisions in Sosma will need to be reviewed from “time to time”, though the minister reiterated there will not be any amendments to the Act for now.

In response, Gobind reminded Saifuddin that PH had always opposed Sosma, adding that even Anwar Ibrahim, who is now prime minister, had said parts of the Act needed to be amended.

Meanwhile, Prabakaran urged all parties to give Saifuddin time to review Sosma. However, he maintained that he and his colleagues would continue to pressure the minister on this matter.

The families of Sosma detainees have been demanding that the home ministry provide an explanation as to why their loved ones had been detained under the law for the past six months.

The families said they were still unaware of the reasons for the arrests nor the charges the detainees are facing even though some have been given trial dates in 2024. – FMT