81 foreigners detained under Sosma, says Deputy Home Minister

KUALA LUMPUR: Of the over 200 people detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, 81 were foreigners, says Deputy Home Minister Datuk Jonathan Yasin.

The foreign national detainees who had been arrested under the Act since 2015 consisted of one Singaporean, seven Columbians, one from the Philippines, two from Bangladesh, five from Thailand, 17 from Myanmar and 48 Indonesians.

He said 20 of them have been released while 61 have been charged under Section 130JB.

“Therefore as of September 2022, there are no foreigners who are still detained under Sosma 2012,” he said during the oral question and answer time in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (Oct 4).

Section 130JB provides for offences of possessing items associated with terrorist groups or the commission of a terrorist act.

Jonathan was responding to a question by Datuk Johari Abdul (PH-Sungai Petani) on the number of detainees under the Sosma Act and how many were non-Malaysians and the breakdown according to their country of origin.

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