The government has broken its promise not to abuse the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) by detaining Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah under that act, said former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
"That written promise is ignored by the very government which promulgated this law," Mahathir said in a press conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation today.
He said that then de facto law minister Nazri Aziz had promised in Parliament in 2012 that nobody will be arrested or detained under Sosma solely for their political beliefs or activities.
However, Mahathir added, the government is now using this law wrongfully to detain Maria, whom he said has done nothing to deserve to be put in solitary confinement.
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