Parliament to discuss Sosma, Peaceful Assembly Act 2012

The first meeting of the new session of Parliament will be held from Monday to April 11.

PUTRAJAYA: The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) and Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 are expected to be debated at the new Parliament session beginning on Monday.

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said several amendments were being made to the two laws, which would be brought to the Cabinet for approval before the tabling in Parliament.

“We have one or possibly two bills (Sosma and PAA 2012) but we have to wait for the Cabinet’s final decision,” he told reporters today after naming the members of the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to look into the discovery of temporary camps and graves in Wang Kelian, Perlis.

The RCI is headed by former chief justice Arifin Zakaria.

Asked whether the two acts would be abolished or amended, Muhyiddin said: “We have to wait for the Cabinet’s decision on this matter.”

He had previously said the government had set up a special committee and a technical committee to study in detail the legal provisions in Sosma, the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) and the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca).

The new session of Parliament will see an increase in the number of MPs from Pakatan Harapan (PH) component party PPBM after it accepted seven former Umno MPs into its fold.

They are Mas Ermieyati Samsuddin (Masjid Tanah), Hamzah Zainudin (Larut), Rosol Wahid (Hulu Terengganu), Abdul Latiff Ahmad (Mersing), Shabudin Yahaya (Tasik Gelugor), Mohamad Fasiah Mohd Fakeh (Sabak Bernam) and Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (Tanah Merah).

Barisan Nasional’s Ramli Mohd Nor, who won the Cameron Highlands by-election on Jan 26, is expected to take his oath on March 12.

PH has 134 parliamentary seats, comprising 22 from PPBM, 11 from Amanah, 42 from DAP, 50 from PKR and nine from Warisan.

In the opposition, BN has 40 seats, Gabungan Parti Sarawak 19, PAS 18, and one each from Parti Bersatu Sabah, Upko, STAR and PBRS.

There are seven independents.

The first meeting of the new session will be held from Monday to April 11.