KADIR JASIN SHOULD NOT BE INVESTIGATED FOR SEDITION FOR MERELY STATING HIS OPINION

KADIR JASIN SHOULD NOT BE INVESTIGATED FOR SEDITION FOR MERELY STATING HIS OPINION

I strongly disagree that veteran journalist Datuk Kadir Jasin should be investigated for sedition. One of the key promises of the Pakatan Harapan coalition in their manifesto is to uphold freedom of expression.

This is a very important consideration if we are truly serious about institutional reform.

Datuk Kadir’s remark about the monarchy is merely his opinion.

No matter how much we disagree with his statement, Datuk Kadir should have the right to express his thoughts without fear of being prosecuted. Cultivating such fear in our society would mean that nothing has changed from when Barisan Nasional was in power. If we are ever to become a mature democracy, we must be allowed to speak out without having to fear police investigations.

Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy and the rights and importance of the Malay Rulers is already guaranteed in our constitution. Investigating Datuk Kadir for sedition would only imply that the Royal Institution is not strong enough to receive criticism which I believe isn’t the case here.

We should never practice the same tactics that the previous government used against many of us. We cannot strengthen our democracy if we continue silencing those who are trying to voice out their opinion. This is not a step in the right direction.

I would therefore like to urge the police to drop the investigation. I also call on the government to repeal such laws like the Sedition Act that limit the right of all Malaysians to free speech.

No matter the cost, we must stand firm in our determination to guarantee freedom of expression for all.

Maria Chin Abdullah
Petaling Jaya MP
7 June 2018