Dr M defends use of Sosma in LTTE arrests


  • Nation
  • Monday, 14 Oct 2019

PETALING JAYA: The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) can be applied in the recent nationwide crackdown on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) linked elements, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister defended police after Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng criticised the use of the Act in detaining people with alleged links to the terror group.

"In the absence of alternative laws, Sosma can still be applied," he said.

Dr Mahathir also said that he is satisfied with the explanation given by police on the crackdown.

"The police have briefed me. They (the police) have reasons to take action.

"I am satisfied with the actions taken, and reasons given," he said to reporters after delivering a keynote address at the International Conference on Industry 4.0 at Segi University on Monday (Oct 14).

He said this when asked to comment on Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division (E8) head Deputy Comm Datuk Ayob Khan's comment on political interference, as DAP leaders had been criticising over the arrest of those linked to LTTE.

Two DAP leaders - Gadek assemblyman G. Saminathan and Seremban Jaya assemblyman P. Gunasekaran - are among 12 people arrested under Sosma over their alleged links to LTTE.

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