FOTO: Ihsan PDRM
By OMAR REDZUAN
LAST week, police special forces swooped and arrested 12 people suspected of being LTTE symphatisers.
Subsequently, the country was embroiled in controversy over the use of Sosma to detain the men.
Is Sosma, or the Security Offence Special Measures Act 2012 still relevant?
To answer this question, we have to take a step back and look at Malaysia in totality.
Malaysia is a multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural country.
Hence, it is imperative that the country remains stable and peaceful no matter what.
It takes the slightest provocation to ignite racial tensions as we saw during the temple riots in Subang which killed firemen Mohd Adib Mohd Kassim.
Previously, the law had the notorious Internal Security Act to stifle all elements of violence in the country which has since been repealed.
The country would descend into chaos if there are no laws for the authorities to enforce to arrest the troublemakers.
The police need to act quick and nab those who insult Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and the Malay Sultans and other disturbances.
The law needs to act quickly to apprehend the troublemakers before it flares up and paralyse the country.
Look at Hong Kong.
Due to the absence of laws like Sosma, the protesters are allowed to wreak havoc on the city for months now.
Hong Kong is a perfect example of why Sosma is very much necessary in Malaysia.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin have already said the Sosma is very much needed in the country.
This is because we have to protect the country from trouble makers which include terrorists.
Furthermore, other existing laws are not adequate and do not have much bite such as Sosma.
Granted that some aspects of Sosma need to be reviewed such as the detention of suspects without trial for 28 days.
But in this case, the safety of Malaysia and the rakyat far outweigh the rights of instigators detained under Sosma.
Sosma should stay and will remain relevant.-Bebasnews