CYBERJAYA: The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) must be widely applied to crack down on syndicate-related criminal activities, says deputy Inspector-General of Police Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.
He said Sosma’s effectiveness could be seen, among others, in the successful efforts against human trafficking syndicates while he was the Johor police chief.
“The arrests not only included smugglers, but also enforcement officers in cahoots with the syndicates,” Bernama quoted him as saying.
Speaking as a panellist at the National Border Security Seminar 2023 here today, Ayob also felt current laws on cigarette and liquor smuggling were less effective.
“Like in Johor before this, police have arrested the same individuals 10 times over the same case. Sosma must be used for crimes involving syndicates. It is only then we can arrest and cripple them,” he said.
Sosma provides for special measures relating to offences against the country to maintain public order and security.
It was first proposed in 2012 to replace the Internal Security Act 1960, which allows for detention without trial and which has since been repealed.
Last month, deputy law and institutional reform minister Ramkarpal Singh said the government’s efforts to look into improving Sosma were almost complete.