Updated: Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:50:51 GMT | By The Malaysian Insider : Malaysia

Sosma amendments passed amid opposition objection

The Security Offences (Special Measures)(Amendment) Act 2012 was passed by the Dewan Rakyat today without changes and through a voice vote. This is despite strong objection from opposition politicians, who warned that the inclusion of two ordinary criminal offences - organised crime and anti-human trafficking - contradicted the government's...


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The Security Offences (Special Measures)(Amendment) Act 2012 was passed by the Dewan Rakyat today without changes and through a voice vote.

This is despite strong objection from opposition politicians, who warned that the inclusion of two ordinary criminal offences - organised crime and anti-human trafficking - contradicted the government's stand that Sosma was created to curb terrorism activities.

N. Surendran (PKR-Padang Serai) said that including the two crimes under the ambit of Sosma was dangerous and unprecedented as under this law, there was no bail and the remand period was 28 days.

In defending the amendments, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said today that Malaysian gangsters were even bolder than American gangs of the early 1900s.

"Now, here, they dare to hold their funeral procession in public.

"The Mafia in the US back then did not dare do so, they did these things in secret," he said in winding up the committee stage of the debate.

In August, members of a gang in Penang made a public display of the funeral of five of its alleged leaders who were killed by police.

They wore their number and colours openly, carried their flags and blocked off traffic during an elaborate funeral procession right through the heart of the city of George Town, it was reported. - October 24, 2013.

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