Mohamed Hanipa Maidin SOSMA Najib Razak Dewan Rakyat Parliament
The Member of Parliament of Sepang, Mohamed Hanipa Maidin

By Muhammad Azizul Osman

KUALA LUMPUR – Mohamed Hanipa Maidin vowed to defend Datuk Seri Najib Razak if the former Prime Minister is arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA).

Mohamed Hanipa (Sepang – PH) said, although he would not side Najib over his offences during his reign as the Prime Minister, he cannot accept any form of arrest without trial on anyone under SOSMA.

He, who is a lawyer also labelled the action as cruelty.

“If the Member of Parliament of Pekan (Datuk Seri Najib) is arrested under SOSMA, I will also protest against it as we cannot accept that although I really hate Pekan (Najib) for destroying the country. However, if he is arrested under SOSMA, I will be the first person to protest against the arrest.

“We resist SOSMA not because we support violence. SOSMA is a cruel law. Anyone who wants to uphold justice must think about fairness even if it is on the accused,” he said during the debate of the motion presented by Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.

Hamzah motioned for the amendment of effective period of Subsection 4(5) of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) to five more years.

Hanipa said, the opposition bloc rejects the cruel act against detainees.

Meanwhile, M. Kulasegaran (Ipoh Barat-PH) also rejected the Subsection 4(5) SOSMA.

“Some of those detained under SOSMA were tortured and such. I love this country. I am willing to die for the country, so, YB Minister, do not say that we don’t love the country if we don’t suspect SOSMA,” he said during the Dewan Rakyat debate.

Before the Dewan Rakyat had a recess, Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin motioned for the extension of effective period of the of Subsection 4(5) of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA).

The extension of five years would begin 31 July 2022 to enable the authorities to continue using the special power allocation according to the subsection.

“The Subsection 4(5) SOSMA needs to be extended and the 28 days detention period must be maintained to provide sufficient room to the police to complete their investigation on security offences cases that are complicated and complex,” he said.

The Member of Parliament of Larut also labelled those who do not support the motion to extend Subsection 4(5) SOSMA as people who provide room for the criminals or terrorists to be audacious in the country. -MalaysiaGazette

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