Filipino interlopers invoked Security Offences (Special Measures) Act

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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Filipino interlopers and their associates will have the newly-enacted Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA) that replaced the Internal Security Act (ISA) invoked on them. According to Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar, the detainees will be scrutinized under the Penal Code and other laws.

Police has taken 79 people in custody since the start of Ops Daulat. It is uncertain whether Malaysians are among those held by the Malaysian government. Omar told the media that police is waiting to hear from the Philippines officials on the decision of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III’s in ordering his followers in Kampung Tanduo to surrender. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said yesterday that the security forces would continue searching the Sulu intruders until they surrendered.

Malaysians gathered in front of Philippines embassy at Jalan Changkat Kia Peng on Friday to pray for peace in Sabah. People brought roses and other flowers to spread the message of love and peace.

“My prayer is that there will be peace once again in Lahad Datu, Semporna as well as the rest of Sabah; that we will no longer have to be afraid for the safety of our friends and family still living there,” said one of the peace messengers.

“So when I read about this initiative on Twitter, I decided I would do it, as a gesture to express my wish for peace and as a prayer to God. The initiative themed Fight Fire with Flowers, was simply to call for peace and show appreciation to those at the Lahad Datu and Semporna forefront.”

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