Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin has tabled a motion in Parliament to extend the enforcement of the sub-section 4(5) of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), which allows for a 28-day maximum detention period without trial.
The motion tabled seeks to enforce sub-section 4(5) of the Sosma Act 2012 for another five years beginning from 31 July 2022.
When tabling the motion, he said that those who voted down the extension are those who want to make room for criminals and terrorists to dominate the country.
“Individuals who love the country and security will surely give adequate space for the police to fulfil their role,” he said, adding that the act will give police ample time to carry out their duties.
He explained that the investigation of cases often involved security offences, especially terrorism and organised crime is complex and time-consuming as it requires the police to collect evidence from the detainees and also to liaise with other enforcement agencies to collect information about the crime.
“There are also cases of cross-border violence offences that need mutual assistance from a foreign country for the purpose of collecting information available abroad and this mutual aid takes a long time,” Hamzah was quoted by the Malay Mail.
The sub-section 4(5) was last renewed in 2017 and it must be reviewed and agreed upon by both Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara every five years.
Hamzah said the quality of the police investigations may likely be compromised as the officers need to expedite the process if sub-section 4(5) is not extended.
“In addition, advances in communication and transportation technology allow released offenders the opportunity to hide or escape overseas.”
“Not to mention the suspect may have a relationship with organised crime groups or terrorist groups with wide networks,” he said.
However, it was voted down at the Parliament with 84 agree, 86 disagree, and 50 absent.