Dr Mahathir: No to changes of Sedition Act

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad sternly disagree that laws should be changed based on popularity demands. This include abolishment and reactment of laws to replace Sedition Act 1948, where exist to curb persons freely instigate and incite hatred by insulting the position HRH Rulers, Islam, Special Rights of the Malays and law enforcement authorities.

Law cannot be drafted, abolished on mere demands: Mahathir

2013-07-09 11:50

PETALING JAYA, July 8 (Bernama) — A law cannot be simply drafted or abolished following demands from certain quarters, including the opposition, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.

In fact, he said a study must be carried out to collect input and opinions from various quarters, or other countries which had enforced or abolished such and act, as well its impacts.

“If we bow to the demands of the opposition, there will be no law. Right now, they are demanding to have a rule of law, but if there’s no law, how can we have a rule of law,” he told reporters after launching Naza World Cup Asia Paintball (NWCAP) 2013 here today.

He said this in response to the demands made by certain quarters to abolish the Sedition Act 1948.

Mahathir said if the Act were to be abolished, the people would be free to do anything or insult anybody.

“We used to have a courteous society where we don’t easily insult people, but now, we have people easily bad-mouthing us, insulting our religion and our Prophet, but we can do nothing about it.

“The problem in not the law, but the people who are abusing the law,” he added.

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As part of the Economic Transformation Plan (ETP) and Government Transformation Plan (GTP), Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s administration is introducing reforms via the Political Transformation Plan and soon Social Transformation Plan.

Prime Minister Najib repealed the dreaded but very effective tools for internal security and subversive politickings, the Internal Security Act (ISA) and Emergency Ordinance (EO) on the eve of the 48th celebration of Malaysia Day. However recently Home Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi expressed the intention to re-introduce EO-like new law, to ensure the Police has the right tool for crime prevention and combatting operations.

Prime Minister Najib also announced in London last week that Sedition Act 1948 would be repealed and a new law National Harmony Act would be enacted in place. Home Minister Dr Zahid strongly defended the new to maintain the Sedition Act.

There are some quarters which invoked the ‘Politics of Hatred’ strategy for them as the minority to come into power and taking the majority under their control. To do that, they need to dismantle certain ‘inhibitive laws’ and their manipulation and perpetuated lies would enable the majority to actually alleviate them into power, via the democratic system.

It is obvious Malaysians are not matured if not civil enough to do without all these so-called ‘draconian and primitive laws’ and unable to refrain themselves from instigating or inciting hatred , especially against the position of HRH Rulers, Islam and Special Rights for the Malays, in their quest to win support.

As such, they have to be disciplined with their apparatus.

It is pointless to allow freedom of speech and expression in their intepretation of democracy when at the end of the day, the nation would be burned down in chaos and anarchy. The examples are apparent in current Iraq, Egypt and Syria.

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