Suhakam: It’s a misuse of law
PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has expressed objection over the use of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) on Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah.
Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said the use of Sosma on Maria cannot be accepted by a “society that has a national conscience”.
“The broad characterisation of ‘security offences’ under Sosma now suggests that its scope extends beyond terrorism offences.”
He pointed out that in 2011, the government had given an assurance that no individual will be arrested merely on the point of political ideology.
“Suhakam views the detention of Maria as a misuse of law, an abuse of the legal system and of law enforcement,” Razali said. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) also demanded the immediate release of Maria.
“We reiterate the call for all laws that permit detention without trial to be abolished or amended immediately as there can be no justification for laws that undermine the right to fair trial,” Suaram said in a statement yesterday.