Repressive laws to be amended soon- Dr M

Repressive laws to be amended soon- Dr M

PUTRAJAYA: Draconian laws, such as the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) will be amended soon, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He said that the amendments would be tabled either at the current or next Parliament sitting.

“Although we may not abolish these laws, we will make changes so that those parts said to be draconian like (providing for) arrest and detention without trial will be amended,” he told reporters after chairing the Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council meeting.

“This will be done as soon as possible because we find that if not, it may be abused,” said Mahathir, who is PH chairman.

Asked whether the proposed amendments were prompted by the recent arrest of 12 individuals, including state assemblymen, under Sosma for alleged links with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Mahathir said the amendments were part of PH’s promises made in the last general election.

“We have made this promise before but it was delayed because of certain factors. We now feel that we should take action immediately in case they are used again,” he said.

Meanwhile, asked on his promise to hand over power to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Mahathir said he would fulfill his promise.

“I promise, I keep my promise,” he said.

Mahathir also jokingly asked Anwar, who was present at the press conference, “You think you can handle?

“No, No..,” said Anwar while laughing.