Friday, January 16, 2015

More teeth for Sosma, Sedition Act soon

12:42PM Jan 16, 2015
The Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) will be amended at the next sitting of Parliament, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri, who is in charge of legal matters, said.

“There are proposals to amend existing laws, such as the Sosma Act and the Sedition Act, which will be tabled in the sitting beginning March 9,” Nancy is quoted as saying by News Straits Times today.

A new bill to guard against militancy threats, such as the Islamic State (IS), will also be tabled to at the next sitting. These will be tabled by the Home Ministry, the Batang Sadong MP added.

The new law is to tackle militancy, especially to deal with Malaysians who join militant causes abroad, Nancy said in emphasising that recruitments for terrorist groups were rampantly being done on the social media.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak announced last year that the Sedition Act will remain and be fortified.

Yesterday Bernama reported that three Malaysians were detainedat the KL International Airport (KLIA) since Jan 7 on suspicion of joining IS.

Najib had pledged in 2012 that the Sedition Act would be repealed and be replaced with a new law that would be known as the National Harmony Act.

However, the prime minister made an turnaround at the last Umno general assembly, where he said the Sedition Act would stay.

Many have seen this move as Najib bowing to pressure from within the party not to repeal the Act.
~ Malaysiakini

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