C - Political Reform C17. Abolish oppressive laws

C17-09: Abolish draconian provisions in Security Offences (special measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA)

Pakatan Harapan May 10, 2018

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May 2019

Definitive steps underway to amend or repeal security laws, says Muhyiddin

The Star May 06, 2019

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): Definitive steps to amend or repeal Malaysia's security laws are among the accomplishments of the Home Ministry in Pakatan Harapan's first year in power. Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that amendments to the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) and Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 are at the finalisation stage for Cabinet approval. "It is likely that both Bills will likely be tabled in Parliament at the next session. Poca and Pota are being refined," said Muhyiddin. He said this at an interview about the accomplishments of his ministry in Pakatan's first year of administration at Kompleks KDN here. The six laws the Pakatan government promised to repeal or amend are the Sedition Act 1948, the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca), the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (Pota), the Printing Machine and Publishing Act (AMCP) 1984, the Peaceful Assembly Act and Sosma. Muhyiddin also said the ministry is trying to resolve the issue of undocumented foreigners, adding that a joint Home Ministry-Human Resources Ministry committee has been set up. He said the committee will study the actual requirement for foreign workers in the country and the introduction of a holistic management system for foreign workers. “We are still in the process of tackling the problem and we will find alternatives such as seeking the cooperation of state governments and other grassroots sources such as headmen as they are the ones who know what is happening in their area,” he said. Muhyiddin said that 11,234 undocumented foreigners were detained between January and March for various offences. He also said that the Home Ministry was committed to improving the image of the Royal Malaysian Police so that it is a respected and dignified institution sworn to protect the peace and security of the people and the country. Muhyiddin said that the Pakatan government had also untangled the labyrinth of abuses of power and misappropriation that was a scourge in the country under the last administration. He acknowledged the people's laments about the government being lethargic in reconstructing the "New Malaysia" but pointed out that within one year, Pakatan helmed by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was able to resolve many issues that had saddled the country. He cited the problems within Felda, Tabung Haji and a number of agencies that Pakatan had or was in the process of settling but which admittedly had disrupted it from duly fulfilling many other pledges the coalition made to the people in the manifesto. Asked what it was like to work under Dr Mahathir in the Pakatan administration compared with previously, Muhyiddin said there was no difference except that the current government was working hard to remove the stigma of kleptocracy that crept in under the previous administration. - Bernama

Dec 2018

Muhyiddin: Sosma stays but ISA won’t return

The Malay Mail December 30, 2018

PUTRAJAYA, Dec 30 — The Pakatan Harapan government will retain the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) to preserve the country’s safety, said Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Muhyiddin, who is also home minister, said the preventive detention law was necessary despite its shortcomings. However, he stressed that the repealed Internal Security Act (ISA), which had far broader preventive detention powers, will not be reintroduced. “Some had asked to bring back ISA but this was abolished in 2012 and it was not during our time. But we do not intend to bring back... because after ISA, we have Sosma. “There were those who asked for Sosma to be abolished... although we find that there is a need for it to be amended, but such security laws are still important and must be defended,” he said in his winding-up speech on the final day of the PPBM annual general meeting here. Muhyiddin said authorities needed such laws in order to preserve security. “If we don’t have such laws, then there will be some parties that will assume that this country is too free and they can do as they like. “There are those who are a threat to national security if they are in terrorist groups or they are surrounded by big gangsters. In the end, it will bring a bad impact on the people and the country,” he said, adding that things are also still under control with two other security acts, the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (POCA) and Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA). Muhyiddin added that the country remains in a safe state and has been safer since under the Pakatan Harapan rule.

Jul 2018

Sosma to be repealed – Dr Mahathir

The Edge July 23, 2018

The government will repeal laws that are oppressive, especially the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma). Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Sosma, which was introduced during the former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak´s administration, allowed the government to arrest anyone without having to go to court. "Najib´s law allows a person to be arrested and not to be taken to court, and if that person died, there will be neither inquiry nor action taken against those who killed him. That is the law passed by Najib and we will repeal that law," Dr Mahathir said this at the Coalition of Klang Chinese Associations´ (CKCA) Tabung Harapan Fund Raising Dinner here tonight.

Also present were his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abd Samad, Member of Parliament for Klang Charles Santiago and the CKCA´s president Datuk Tony Tang. Dr Mahathir said Pakatan Harapan-led (PH) government, on the other hand, would adhere to the rule of law by enforcing laws that would protect the people. "The people will be protected by fair laws so that if they committed any offence, they will be judged by the court ... the court will determine whether or not the person is guilty, " he said. Meanwhile, the prime minister also thanked all Malaysians who had given the mandate to PH to improve the situation in the country left by Najib's government. He said he believed that the coalition would succeed in doing so as they had the strong support from the people. "It is obvious tonight when so many people attend the fund raising dinner for Tabung Harapan. We managed to raise millions of ringgit even though it is not as much as the 1 trillion (debt), what´s important is our spirit, our willingness to sacrifice because we love this country. "This is our country, this is our home, we were born here and we grew up here and for that reasons, we love Malaysia. Thank you very much to those who organised this campaign ... for taking the initiative without any instruction from the government. Even though the amount is small but it is the gesture that is important, " he said. At the event, Dr Mahathir received a mock cheque of RM3.5 million for Tabung Harapan, contributed by 257 individuals and companies in Klang.