Matthias Chang and Khairuddin Abu Hassan charged under SOSMA today


PUTRAJAYA, 12 OCTOBER 2015 – Malaysia was shocked when both Datuk Seri Khairuddin and Mathias Chang were charged today and being held under detention without bail  in the magistrate’s court with attempting to sabotage the Malaysian economy and the country’s financial and banking system.

The arrest and subsequent charge are being seen as nothing more than curtailing dissenting views on 1MDB.

Under Bahagian II Seksyen 4.3 Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) clearly stated “Tiada siapapun boleh ditangkap atau ditahan di bawah Seksyen ini semata mata atas kepercayaan politiknya atau aktiviti politiknya.

The act of silencing political dissidents with such laws cannot be anything less than a blatant threat and intimidation against those who dare challenge the current status quo.

The lawyer said Section 124L of the Penal Code did not fall within the ambit of security offences and as such did not qualify it to be tried under SOSMA.

He said the charge which solely named Section 124L of the Penal Code did not make mention of SOSMA. Therefore, both the accused were entitled to bail. Khairuddin and Chang were charged.

Lawyers for Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and Matthias Chang have filed criminal revision before a High Court to decide if the charge against them for attempted sabotage of the economy can be tried under SOSMA, which is actually anti terrorism law passed by Parliament in 2012 appropriately  used for Lahad Datu intrusion.

It is a dangerous game one is playing when using SOSMA against your political opponents. You are opening the floodgates. One day when you are no longer in power, the same SOSMA Act can be used against you.

Given the chance to charge under 124L with attempting to sabotage the Malaysian economy and the country’s financial and banking system, names that should be in the priority list would be Jho Low, Nik Ahmad Faisal, Subuh Yassin, Casey Tang Keng Chee amd Jasmin Loo Ai Swan.

Jho Low, Nik Ahmad Faisal and Subuh Yassin are wanted by SPRM for questioning. Casey Tang and Jasmin Loo is still in BNM wanted list. – MNA

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