10 Jan SEDITION ACT BEING USED TO STRENGHTEN INTOLERANCE.
Using the Sedition Act against the three individuals for remarks against the former Yang di-Pertuan Agong is not the way to deal with freedom of expression which is enshrined in the Federal Constitution. The arrest clearly goes against the reforms promised by the Pakatan Harapan Government in their GE-14 Manifesto and pushes Malaysia further away from being a truly democratic nation.
The use of the Sedition Act once again is nothing more than an attempt by the authorities, especially the Police, to instill fear and silence ordinary Malaysians. No matter how much we disagree with their opinions, the Police must avoid making these unnecessary arrests as it only gives strength to those who are interested in promoting fear and intolerance in our society.
The Monarchy will continue to have the full support of all Malaysians and its position and privilege is already guaranteed under law.
What could have been done is for the authorities to define what constitutes hate speech, seditious remarks, insult to royalty and it is only with clarity can actions be more fair and just.
Otherwise, the use of the Sedition Act is an abuse of power and will only lead to more oppressive measures if not stopped now.
When enacting or amending any laws, deference must be made to protect the fundamental principles of freedom of expression, thoughts and ideas as enshrined in our Federal Constitution.
MARIA CHIN ABDULLAH
MP PETALING JAYA