KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has tabled a motion to extend the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) for another five years.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (pix) said the motion is necessary to allow the Act to remain in force.
"This is the first time that an extension is being sought for Sosma since the Act came into force in 2012," he said on Tuesday.
The five-year extension will begin from July 31.
He said that perception should be avoided that the extension is an abuse of police powers.
He added that the extension will not alter the powers of the police to detain suspects for 28 days to conduct investigations.
Nur Jazlan explained that the 28-day period is needed for the police to conduct investigations on suspects who are involved in security offences, particularly where there are terrorism threats.
"However, in reality, police will require 21 days to conduct the investigations, and seven days to submit the investigation papers to the Public Prosecutor," he said.
Nur Jazlan said the Home Ministry held a session with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) on March 29 to explain the need for the extension.
"I call on lawmakers to support the extension of Sosma as these laws are for the security of the nation and do not violate human rights.
"I hope Opposition lawmakers do not politicise it," he said.
Sosma was tabled six years ago as a special crime prevention measure based on existing laws, such as the Penal Code, to provide police the power to detain suspects for a certain period of time.