Wide application of Sosma needed to combat syndicate-related crimes, says DIGP

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay has emphasized the importance of applying the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) more extensively to tackle syndicate-related criminal activities across the country. Speaking at the National Border Security Seminar 2023, he pointed out that Sosma had proven effective in combating human trafficking syndicates during his tenure as the Johor police chief.

“Like in Johor before this, police arrested the same individual 10 times over the same case. Sosma must be used for crimes involving syndicates, it is only then we can arrest and cripple them,” he said.

Ayob Khan emphasized that Sosma should be utilized for crimes involving syndicates to facilitate their arrest and dismantle their operations. Sosma was introduced in 2012 to replace the Internal Security Act 1960 and provides special measures to maintain public order and security in the country. Deputy Minister Ramkarpal Singh previously mentioned the government’s efforts to improve Sosma were nearing completion.