Sedition is an act of crime

Chinese Chauvinist DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng chided IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar for “Wasting time” for investigatong DAP founding member and former Chairman Dr Chen Man Hing for sedition.

Published: Thursday May 23, 2013 MYT 10:47:00 PM

Guan Eng ticks off IGP for investigating DAP’s Chen Man Hin

PETALING JAYA: Lim Guan Eng has taken Inspector-General of PoliceTan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to task for “wasting time” investigating DAP founding member Dr Chen Man Hin for allegedly conspiring to create public disorder when he should be focusing on waging war against crime.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the party was shocked that the police found it necessary to investigate the innocent actions of an 86-year-old who supposedly conspired to create public disorder when he used the term “Malaysia Spring” in a private e-mail correspondence over a year ago.

It was reported that Chen was called in for questioning for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government through street demonstrations similar to those that had occurred in several Middle Eastern countries and had been labelled the Arab Spring.

“The investigation is clearly to victimise and humiliate a DAP leader. Even if the charge to topple the government was true, why is the investigation carried out now after more than a year when, clearly, there has been no effort to overthrow the government?” Lim said in a statement.

He said questioning Dr Chen on a baseless charge showed how Khalid practised double-standards.

Lim hit out at this “ridiculous” move, saying it would only waste police resources and effort when these should be used to fight the rising crime instead.

Pointing out that even the sisters of the Deputy Prime Minister and Khalid himself had fallen victim to incidents of crime recently, Lim urged the police to instead focus on making the streets and the people’s homes safer.

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An extract of the Sedition Act 1948:

Section 4 of the Sedition Act specifies that anyone who “does or attempts to do, or makes any preparation to do, or conspires with any person to do” an act with seditious tendency, such as uttering seditious words, or printing, publishing or importing seditious literature, is guilty of sedition. It is also a crime to possess a seditious publication without a “lawful excuse”. The act defines sedition itself as anything which “when applied or used in respect of any act, speech, words, publication or other thing qualifies the act, speech, words, publication or other thing as having a seditious tendency”.

Under section 3(1), those acts defined as having a seditious tendency are acts with a tendency:

(a) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against any Ruler or against any Government;(b) to excite the subjects of the Ruler or the inhabitants of any territory governed by any government to attempt to procure in the territory of the Ruler or governed by the Government, the alteration, otherwise than by lawful means, of any matter as by law established;(c) to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against the administration of justice in Malaysia or in any State;(d) to raise discontent or disaffection amongst the subjects of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or of the Ruler of any State or amongst the inhabitants of Malaysia or of any State;(e) to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Malaysia; or

(f) to question any matter, right, status, position, privilege, sovereignty or prerogative established or protected by the provisions of part III of the Federal constitution or Article 152, 153 or 181 of the Federal Constitution.

It is blatantly clear that Chinese Chauvinists within DAP sowing hatred against the authorities, insulting the Malays and challenging ultra-sensitive issues for the Malays(which include the position and power of HRH Rulers and Islam), would lead to a negative and highly probable combative reaction.

It is exactly like what Opposition mainly Chinese Chauvinist DAP and radicals and subversive elements did between 10-13 May 1969 saw the nation turned topsy turvy and 196 people died in the worse racial riot and bloodshed this nation has ever seen in modern times.

Sowing hatred and uttering seditious words is a crime worse than murder.

Sedition cases

Sedition cases

What Dr Chen said in Seremban on 17 May should be deemed ‘seditious’. The democratic system in this nation practices the Westminster style first-past-the-post voting system and not popularity votes. Dr Chen’s has the malice intention to sow the anger of younger Malaysians to revolt against BN’s win of 133 seats in the Parliament and nine out of twelve State Assemblies on the 13GE concluded on 5 May.

Even if the 13GE results are flawed, there are processes that could be taken to rectify and even overturn the outcome of what has been announced.

The Election Commission gazetted the results of the 13GE a few days ago and it is opened for petition by any of the parties and/or candidates who contested within 21 days. There on, a High Court would convene a tribunal to hear the merits of the petitions filed or challenged by the EC.

There is no need for members of the public to go on the streets and demonstrate against the results of the 13GE since there are avenues to challenge and rectify them.

That is not withstanding the fact that Opposition leaders took oath as Menteri Besars and Chief Minister and formed a government before HRH Rulers of Kelantan and Selangor and HE Governor of Penang for their winnings in the State Assemblies of the afore mentioned states.

The Opposition conveniently accepted EC’s announcements for all the 89 Parliamentary and 230 DUN seats which they won but instead claimed BN’s win for the 133 Parliamentary seats is a fraud. That alone is an insult to almost 11 million Malaysians at large who came out and cast their decision!

Inciting and instigating is a hideous crime. It could divide once a tolerant, understanding and united group of people living in harmony and sharing the opportunity for prosperity for the purpose of progress into different groups of people who are suspicious and hate each other.

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