Sosma to be retabled in Dewan Rakyat this afternoon

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 20 Jul 2022

KUALA LUMPUR : A motion that is set to extend the detention period of suspects under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) will be retabled in the Dewan Rakyat later Wednesday (July 20) afternoon.

The tabling of the Parliamentary motion on Sosma is slated as item number two in the Parliament's Order Paper, taking place right after the Anti-Sexual Harassment bill is tabled for second reading today.

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It is learned that Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin held a briefing with MPs early Wednesday morning to trash out any misgivings they may have with regards to the Bill.

During the previous Dewan Rakyat session on March 23, the motion to extend the enforcement of subsection 4(5) of Sosma which allows for the detention of suspects for up to 28 days without trial, was voted down by MPs.

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The five-year limit for the provision ends on July 31, 2022.

On March 23, a motion by Hamzah to extend the subsection in Sosma for another five years beginning July 31 this year was defeated after it was put to a bloc vote following a heated debate.

The bloc voting saw 84 MPs voting for and 86 against, while 50 MPs were present.

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