PUTRAJAYA: Advice from Speakers of the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara is being sought to ensure the re-tabling of the motion on the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act that will take place in July will be a smooth process, says Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.
The Home Minister said that he was already in discussions with Speakers of the two Houses on the matter as there were several issues that needed to be looked into and ironed out in order for the process to be smooth.
“The Home Ministry has proposed for the motion, which involves subsection 4(5) of Sosma to be re-tabled in the Dewan Rakyat before July 31.
“I will be having several more meetings with the Speakers soon because time is of the essence,” he said after an engagement session with NGOs on Sosma yesterday.
On March 23, the Dewan Rakyat had voted down the motion to extend the enforcement of subsection 4(5) of Sosma, which allows for the detention of suspects for up to 28 days without trial.
The five-year limit of the provision ends on July 31, 2022, and the re-tabling will thus have to be done early in the next Dewan Rakyat meeting from July 18 to 28.
However, it will still not take effect until it is endorsed by the Dewan Negara which will only meet in August.
While Hamzah did not specifically address the Dewan Negara issue, it is learnt that a special session may be requested so that the Senate can look into the matter before the deadline.
He added that it was important that subsection 4(5) of Sosma be in place as it is a crucial instrument of the Act.
“How can we have an Act involving security but no instrument for authorities to use for investigation purposes?
“The NGOs I met, including those representing retired senior police officers, supported the idea to extend the enforcement of the maximum detention period,” he said.
Those arrested under the suspicion of, among others, terrorism, activities that threaten the country’s security, organised crime and human trafficking will be investigated under Sosma.