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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Never mind if Ramasamy dissatisfied, Dr M defends Sosma crackdown again



Dr Mahathir Mohamad brushed aside a DAP leader's dissatisfaction with his defence of the police using the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) to arrest those suspected of having links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
The prime minister also reiterated his defence of the crackdown, saying the police do not make arrests for no reason.
He was asked to respond to Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy, who was disappointed with Mahathir's stand and argued that it did not reflect Pakatan Harapan's aspirations.
“If Ramasamy is dissatisfied, never mind. He says he is dissatisfied but the fact is this (the arrests) happened and there is a reason why it happened.

“Things are different. We don't arrest people for no reason. The police have explained to me their reasons for taking action and I am satisfied with the reasons cited,” Mahathir told reporters in Kuala Lumpur this morning.
Since last week, Bukit Aman's counter-terrorism division has arrested 12 individuals, including two DAP assemblypersons, for allegedly attempting to revive the LTTE, whose decimation in 2009 had ended the protracted Sri Lankan civil war.
One of the suspects, according to the police, was planning an attack on the Sri Lankan High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.
Yesterday, Mahathir said in the absence of other laws to deal with such threats, the police were forced to use Sosma, which allows for suspects to be detained for 28 days without trial.
Following this, Ramasamy said he was taken aback by the prime minister's stand and reminded the latter of his criticism towards Sosma in the past.
“This is not Harapan. Things are not looking good for us after more than a year in power,” he told Malaysiakini.
The DAP leader clarified that he was not questioning the police's investigation but pointed out that the suspects could have been detained under the Penal Code.
“The police claim to have sufficient evidence. So, prosecute the suspects in court and allow them access to legal representation.
“Using Sosma could be perceived as an easy way out for the police,” Ramasamy said.
Similarly, the Malaysian Bar also called on the police to charge the suspects in court, noting that surveillance operations would have revealed evidence of their alleged links to LTTE.
Previously, Ramasamy was also linked to LTTE when a photograph of him and another DAP lawmaker, Satees Muniandy, surfaced showing the pair paying homage to an assault rifle.
However, the duo claimed they had attended a memorial service in honour of the ethnic Tamil civilians who perished during the conflict in Sri Lanka. - Mkini

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