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.


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Prime Minister Najib repealed the dreaded but very effective tools for internal security and subversive politickings, the Internal Security Act (ISA) and Emergency Ordinance (EO) on the eve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Prime Minister Najib also announced in London last week that Sedition Act 1948 would be repealed and a new law National Harmony Act would be enacted in place.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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  1. 2 plus years after street/ Tahrir Square demonstrations that got Morsi to become President of Egypt, the Egyptians are now on the brink of civil war like is occurring in Syria. Morsi managed to be President only one year plus a few days. Endless turmoil, suffering, anxiety and consternation felt by the innocent Egyptians. The Pharoahs would be turning in their graves if they know these.

    That’s what Anwar Al Juburi want to happen in this country. Tun Dr Mahathir said Anwar wanted an Arab Spring and I agree with TDM. The son of a bitch has been power crazy, he has lost his sense of decency, his principles disappear, his scruples gone asunder. It’s excusable to use such a language in this fasting month as attacks on him may be regarded as acts in the defence of Islam which he cares not – he has been promoting the Jewish and Zionist undeclared agenda of weakening Muslim-led governments all over the world. And Prophet Muhammad fought battles in the fasting month in defence of Islam.

    Of course Anwar has been shouting about the so-called archaic laws, now echoed by his daughter Nurul. Very well said by TDM that if laws are thrown away and the wishes of the Opposition hold sway, there’ll be no laws and what shit does anybody want to talk about the rule of law. Utterly nonsensical proposition by Najib to want to do away with the Sedition Act. Bloody good stand of Ahmad Zahid, Shahidan Kassim and all who want the Act retained.

    I agree fully with the view that the UMNO General Assembly and party elections in November replace Najib with a leader with a decent perspective on the need and the means of reigning in the seditious, the subversives and the anti-national elements in the country.

    • Ahmad Zahid for President, Muhyiddin Deputy President, Shahidan Vice president of UMNO?

      Or Muhyiddin as President, Ahmad Zahid as Deputy?

      Pssst, would some one chuck Nazri into the dustbin of UMNO, please.

      • This time its my turn:


      • I concur to the notion that there should be a management change & Muhyiddin should be UMNO President.

        So, the Deputy President should be filled by Zahid since he is the ballsiest UMNO leader at the moment.

        Please, not Shahidan la! He shouldnt be in Cabinet, in the first place.

        Anyway, Happy 88th Birthday Tun. He should be formally appointed as Permanent UMNO Adviser.

  2. I think Najib must have felt Tun Dr Mahathir’s words ringing in his ears. Though the Tun was simply answering reporters’ questions put to him and giving his honest opinion.

    It has been commented in here that Najib is bent on his Transformation agenda. It seems that nothing else matters. He is rushing to achieve a developed nation status though 2020 is still far away and PRU14 comes before that. If he continues as UMNO President and as PM after the UMNO General Assembly in November and doesn’t shift his focus to pleasing those who brought him the 133 seats at PRU13, he may have nothing to transform.

    Already we notice some reluctance on the part of the civil servants, particularly the elite part of the civil service – the Pegawi Tadbir and Diplomatic. Najib had to repeatedly ask and remind them to effect his Transformation programme. Many in the PTD are not happy about his so-called liberalism (many call it pseudo-liberalism) and liberalization policies at the expense of the interests of the 70% of the population.

    He had to show he was the boss by appointing as the Secretary to the Government – the number one civil servant – an Officer who was below 4-5 others more senior to him. That caused more unpleasantness among people who have been used to the principle of seniority adopted since British colonial times. Yes, the civil servants do play an important role in policy implementation. They may be led to the water and made to drink. But they may limp on the way there.

    • And what I fail to understand is why Najib appoints, or allows to be appointed to big organizations, people not having the relevant qualifications and experience, even those with questionable integrity – goodness, even those with fake degrees – like has been pointed out in this blog time and again.

  3. It is stupid to repeal laws just to please the Opposition. You might as well join the Opposition, Najib. Where is your backbone? People calling you sotong already.

    More and more I read about people wanting Najib replaced now. I agree that Tun Mahathir has not said what he said of Tun Abdullah Badawi – for reasons of his own. But I think what he said in the Bernama report is telling a lot. Though he said it merely as a response to a reporter’s question.

    I hope Najib listens to what Tun Mahathir says. Otherwise the UMNO delegates will say. I see less and less people addressing him by his PM or even his DS title already now. Even in other blogs that I visit.

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