Calls for Immediate Release of All Detained Under Sosma

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The recent arrest of two assemblymen of Pakatan Harapan (PH) including one State Executive Councillor of Melaka, YB.Saminathan and YB.Gunasegaran under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) clearly showed that PH not keeping to their promise in the last 14th General Election to reform and abolish Sosma.

Malaysia ought to respect justice and human rights, which also means that one is presumed innocent until proven guilty after a fair trial. This must include the needed checks and balances to prevent abuse of police powers, including:

1. The right to be brought before a magistrate within 24 hours of arrest
further remand only if the magistrate allows for it after according the right to be heard to all parties.
2. The right to be remanded at any one time in accordance with the limits now in the Criminal Procedure Code
3. The right to bail
4. The right to a fair trial

Sosma is an affront to justice and human rights, and it should be immediately repealed. Everyone arrested, charged and tried should be accorded the same rights and standards as provided for in our Criminal Procedure Code and Evidence Act.

Finally, being elected peoples’ representatives of the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition, the two arrested may be speedily released.

Moreover, supporting certain people’s struggles for justice and human rights in other countries – be they the Tamils of Sri Lanka, the Rohingyas in Myanmmar or the Palestinians – should not be considered as supporting terrorism or terrorist organisations.

Furthermore, Malaysia needs to be careful in determining which are terrorist groups or organisations – and not just accept what governments in those countries say or what some powerful nations say are terrorists. The list of terrorist groups should be openly listed.

I hereby seeking the immediate release of YB.Saminathan, YB.Gunasegaran, Mr. Chandru, Mr.Suresh and others detained under Sosma.

Sincerely,

Prasanth Kumar Brakasam

Malaysian