Sosma to keep terrorism at bay — Wan Junaidi

Dato Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar

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KUCHING, Nov 23: Santubong MP Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar strongly believes that the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) is the only instrument for law enforcement to keep terrorism at bay.

The former deputy Home minister said Sosma is the law to prevent Malaysia to become an operation centre for terrorists and terrorist organisations.

“Sosma is the only legal instrument held by the police that has the preventive nature to keep terrorism at bay.

“With the Sosma and police intelligence and information, we have thwarted several attempts to cause death, damage and destruction in Malaysia,” said Wan Junaidi in a press statement today.

He added that Sosma can also help the police to prevent chaos and upheaval.

“We could not afford the kind of disruption in our multireligious and multicultural society. It could trigger religious and racial tension,” he said.

To him, the description that Sosma is “oppressive and draconian” is a matter of opinion. To abolish or retain Sosma or retain is a choice of whether Malaysians want “a safe and secure country or to allow terrorism to rear its head in our back yard”, he said.

“The government have to make the choice between creating the breeding ground for terrorism or to prevent them from germinating in this country. We could not even afford to have Malaysia becoming the centre of breeding, training and let alone, operation centre for terrorist or terrorists organisation.

“That is where Sosma is needed to prevent this from happening,” said Wan Junaidi.

He viewed Sosma as a security law to handle security problem in the nation. The law was enacted after a series of Malaysia security laws such as Internal Security Act was finally abolished.

However, the security situation at the global stage, including Malaysia, continues to require security laws and Sosma was enacted to protect Malaysia and Malaysians against terrorism and terrorism related activities, he said.

“Most countries of the world have similar laws under whatever names, including countries like The United Kingdom, the United States and some of those countries that do not have the security laws are considering to have one,” continued Wan Junaidi. — DayakDaily