Scrapping Sosma doesn’t mean govt condones terrorism, says MP

KUALA LUMPUR: The proposal to repeal the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) does not mean the government is tolerant of terrorism, the Dewan Rakyat was told today

Government backbencher Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PH-Setiawangsa) said, on the contrary, it was the duty of the government to amend and scrap laws and programmes that suppressed the people, as well as violated fundamental human rights and freedom.

He said the problem that arose following the enforcement of Sosma was that many innocent individuals were punished for minor offences and misdemeanours in a “disproportionate” manner.

“Laws such as Sosma, the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971, the Sedition Act 1948 and the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 which have been abused in the past, do not conform to the principles of the Federal Constitution which is the backbone of parliamentary democracy in the country. These laws must be abolished.

“Those detained under these laws are not allowed bail and there have been serious allegations of torture in detention,” said Nik Nazmi in debating the motion on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s speech, made when the latter opened the sitting of Parliament.

Nik Nazmi also said programmes or courses under the National Civics Bureau should be immediately stopped as they did not benefit the nation.