KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Government should consider getting views and feedback from the police and other stakeholders before deciding to abolish the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), says Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
He said the move was to ensure that the proposed abolition of the act would not result in a spike in crime and terrorism activities.
“While we are all in favour of the need for human rights and ensure that the rights of those who are likely to be arrested are also protected, it is also important to safeguard the rights of the victims of crime,” he said in a statement Monday.
Lee said among the stakeholders that the Government should consult are law enforcement agencies and non-governmental organizations that were involved in anti-crime activities and human rights.
He claimed that soon after the Internal Security Act (ISA) was repealed in 2012, which was followed by the release of former ISA detainees, there was a significant increase in the country's crime rate as reported.
On Sunday (July 22), Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government would repeal laws that are oppressive, especially Sosma.Dr Mahathir said the act, which was introduced during the former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's administration, allowed the government to arrest anyone without having to go to court. – Bernama