PETALING JAYA: There needed to be laws to deal with terrorism and organised crime to replace the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) should it be repealed, says Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker (pic).
The MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman and publicity spokesperson said that the country needed laws to deal with terrorism and organised crime to safeguard Malaysians and foreigners living or visiting the country.
“Even if Sosma is to be abolished, we cannot dismiss the need for laws to curtail and disrupt organised crime, besides the real and imminent threat of terrorists lurking and executing their terrorist activities in the new Malaysia.
“To safeguard against further abuse of preventive laws, the new Pakatan Harapan government could tweak Sosma. If indeed it repeals Sosma, there have to be counter-measures to reform people who have been radicalised by misinterpreting religion or criminals involved in vice activities,” he said in a statement on Wednesday (Aug 29).
He commented on the issue after it was reported that detainees under Sosma were currently on a hunger strike to demand that the Government address their plight within the next three months.
He said that the Government should not cave into the demands made by the detainees as it could set a precedent for the future.
“We cannot allow a situation whereby terrorists or gangsters under detention start making demands or threats to the authorities and the authorities caving in, all in the name of New Malaysia or human rights or democracy.
“Society’s right to safety and security outweighs the rights of terrorists
“Malaysians and international travellers here want our streets to be safe from suicide bombers or rogue vehicle drivers dashing down innocent victims.
“Protection and safety from bloodshed and turmoil is a far greater human right which innocent people should have a higher privilege of enjoying under a democracy rather than terrorists, terrorist wannabes or sympathisers and gang lords,” he added.
The Government, he said, should also take note of Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division head Deputy Comm Datuk Ayob Khan’s words that Sosma was effective in addressing terrorism and extremism in the country..
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