Anifah: Sedition Act is Government’s responsibility to preserve peace

Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman

Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Aman assured that the Sedition Act would not be used for political purpose but instead would be deployed as tool to ensure that harmony, stability and peace is preserved regardless race, religious belief or political stance.

The Anwarista news portal story:

DAP fires Putrajaya for summoning US envoy over sedition law remark

Published: 11 December 2014

DAP leader Lim Kit Siang said Putrajaya had a ‘funny way’ of celebrating Human Rights Day after United States Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Y. Yun expressed support for human rights in Malaysia. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 11, 2014.
DAP leader Lim Kit Siang said Putrajaya had a ‘funny way’ of celebrating Human Rights Day after United States Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Y. Yun expressed support for human rights in Malaysia. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 11, 2014.
Putrajaya came under criticism today for summoning the United States Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Y. Yun over his remarks on the government’s decision to retain the Sedition Act.

DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang said Putrajaya had a “funny way” of celebrating Human Rights Day after Yun expressed support for human rights in Malaysia.

“What was Yun’s offence? In an interview with Malaysiakini, Yun said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s decision to retain the Sedition Act raised human rights concerns,” he said in a statement.

Yun had said on December 6 that the US was “puzzled” over Malaysia’s decision to retain the act.
His comments, however, did not go down well with Putrajaya, prompting Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman to summon the envoy to explain his country’s position on the government’s decision to keep the draconian Sedition Act.

In a statement yesterday, Anifah said Putrajaya was disappointed that the US ambassador had chosen to highlight his unwarranted comments on the government’s decision, given Malaysia’s unwavering position on moderation and tolerance.

“Malaysia regrets the comments made by Yun on the latest developments relating to the government’s decision to retain the Sedition Act 1948,” he said.

Lim argued that although Anifah might believe that Yun’s remarks were “unwarranted and disappointing”, it did not justify the minister “flexing his muscles” and calling up the ambassador.

“Why doesn’t Anifah go whole hog and demand that the United States President Barack Obama recall Yun and replace him with a more amenable ambassador – as Anifah will only be joining the lengthening list of Cabinet ministers who are making a fool of themselves in both the national and international arena?” said Lim.

Other dignitaries have also chastised Malaysia and Najib for reneging on his promise to repeal the colonial-era law, which critics say is being used to silence dissenting voices.

Last week, US vice-president Joe Biden highlighted Putrajaya’s use of the Sedition Act 1948 to stifle opposition, saying it raised rule of law concerns.

“Amid growing US-Malaysia ties, Malaysian government’s use of legal system and Sedition Act to stifle opposition raises rule of law concerns,” he had tweeted.

United Nations resident coordinator in Malaysia Michelle Gyles-McDonnough had later warned there would be greater scrutiny of Malaysia after the country was awarded a seat on the UN Security Council, adding that the Najib administration could no longer speak of human rights and moderation on the world stage and do the opposite at home.

“When you are at the world and regional stage, the need for accountability rises. These privileges come with responsibility and greater accountability,” she had said.

Lim, who is the Gelang Patah MP, asked if Anifah was also going to haul up Gyles-McDonnough over her statement.

“Is Anifah going to reprimand the UN resident co-ordinator and warn the UN to stop interfering in Malaysia’s business or close down the UN office and related UN agencies in Malaysia?

“This is not only a most extraordinary manner for the Malaysian government to celebrate he Human Rights Day in 2014, but to mark its membership in the UN Security Council as well as the Asean chair for the new year,” he added.

The DAP veteran leader noted that Malaysia should know that the UN Charter made it clear that a UN Security Council member should, among others, promote universal respect for human rights.

“Or is Malaysia going to prove the ‘doubting Thomas’ in international society right that Malaysia’s membership in the UN Security Council, together with Angola and Venezuela, would be a “problematic” era for human rights issues?

“Anifah should heed the words of Gyles-Mcdonnough that although the UN does not have the power to compel Malaysia – or any country for that matter – to repeal any questionable legislation, this does not mean Malaysia is spared public and international scrutiny, especially since the country has yet to ratify core conventions on human rights prescribed by the UN.”

Lim also criticised Anifah, saying the minister’s claim that the Sedition Act does not hinder a “vibrant democracy” and that the law was needed to ensure peace and stability in the country, was “dishonest and self-serving”.

“This is because the tensions are caused by the rhetoric and politics of hate, bigotry and extremism emanating from Umno-BN side or their outsourced NGOs, and not from Pakatan Rakyat, but it is the PR leaders, activists and intellectuals who are victimised by selective and malicious investigation and prosecution under the Sedition Act.” – December 11, 2014.

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When contacted, Anifah said that Malaysia should not be in the foot steps of what happened to Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria where the people were instigated to rise against the system through social media.

The democracy that they yearn, never did not bring about any good and progress to the said country. Instead, in Egypt’s and Libya’s case, the democracy born out of instigated public brought to destruction and non stop instability.

“Prevention is better than cure”, Anifah said when contacted.

“We have to think about the nation and move forward”.

In actual fact, tensions are being created by the Chinese Chauvinist DAP leaders who systematically and structurally insult and challenge the majority on very sensitive matters such as position and role of HRH Rulers and Islam as the religion of the Federation.

Anifah should instead remind Lim to boldly tell off the Americans about the disparaging human rights issues faced by the United States authorities with regards to the recent deaths of Afro-Americans in the hands of Police. Currently, is the basis which is firing many demonstration across the republic which so called championing the democracy.

The report on CIA handling of detainees which was tabled in the United States Congress two days ago demonstrated that inmates and detainees were tortured and a practice carried over since the George W Bush administration after the 911.

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  1. Blardy shxt Kit Siang, what does he know bout international law to be saying those. We should just shxt him and shixt him, until it gets into his blasted head. And of like-minded others’, too. As well as of the Yankee Ambassador’s.

    That we are an independent, sovereign nation with its own Constitution drafted by no less than the British with their established laws incorporating the principles of those that also exist in the British Constitutional Monarchy system of government. That no bloody American, far less a Malaysian nincompoop, is justified to denigrate it.

    Our Constitution spells out the roles, functions and responsibilities of the YDP Agong, the Rulers Council, the Malay Rulers, etc, that are deemed to represent the Ketuanan Melayu. And the Special Position of the Malays that was extended to the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak upon the formation of Malaysia. That Special Position which was there since day one, as stated by the British Minister for the Colonies when debating the Independence of Malaya before Merdeka. That which was enshrined in the Constitution as the quid pro quo to the citizenship right for the pendatang that was agreed to by the Malays.

    We are a multi-racial country whose harmony was badly fractured by the race riots of 1969. Those riots were caused largely by those who tried to question all those aspects of Ketuanan Melayu and the Special Position of the Malays and the Bumiputeras, especially the DAP and Lim Kit Siang was an integral part of that. Not long after the riots, the Sedition Act was amended to protect those aspects of the Constitution deemed sensitive and cannot be questioned.

    No such thing as discarding the Sedition Act. Not for the bloody Americans whose laws and practices are not perfect, anyway – case in point is their ISA-like detention without trial in Guantanamo Bay. And certainly not for the bloke long deemed as racist and extremist, especially after the 13 May 1969 race riots.

    • Setuju. US mesti hormatkan hal bahawa kita punya demokrasi berdasarkan Perlembagaan dan undang undang kita sendiri.

      Lihat di US, isu gun license. Mengikut malumat FBI, 11,000 orang mati di US akibat di tembak di suatu tahun lama dulu.

      Masih lagi ada “racial profiling”. Asal ada jenayah saja, “round up the Balcks and the Hispanics”. Baru baru ini timbul lagi demo besar besaran kerana Polis kulit putih tembak mati seorang belasan tahun kulit hitam yang tak bersenjata.

      Mengarut depa di US. Ini Duta US kulit kuning pulak nak mengata Malaysia pulak. Mengarut lagi.

    • USA is the country that killed Red Indians, benefitted from Black slavery and waged wars on other countries on the FLIMSIEST of excuses.

      And is still struggling with racism TODAY.

      Too much blood on her hands to grab the moral high ground.

  2. Good that Anifah blasted the US Ambassador by saying, “Malaysia regrets the comments made by Yun on the latest developments relating to the government’s decision to retain the Sedition Act 1948.”

    I think in diplomatic parlance, saying “regrets” is quite a bomb. That Chinkie American Ambassador deserves it. I’m told this is the kind of problems the diplomats of practically all countries face when having politicians, not career diplomats, as Ambassadors. In the US, they get the posts as rewards from the President for services that include campaign contribution, in cash or in kind.

    Often such “political appointees” listen to the advice of the career diplomats at the Embassy. Sometimes they don’t. Anifah has done his job well for lambasting such blokes when they don’t.

    • Universiti Putra Malaysia Professor ((politics and government)) Dr Jayum Jawan said the US Ambassador’s remarks were out of line and unjustified.

      “As the US ambassador to Malaysia, he should respect our country as a host and not criticise it publicly. It is rude.”

      “He should know better as a diplomat. This shows immaturity on his part as an ambassador, who is navigating the biggest embassy in Southeast Asia,” said Jayum, who is the National Council of Professors (Politics, Security and International Affairs Cluster) deputy head.

      I like that bashing by the Professor.

  3. Kit Siang said “a ‘funny way’ of celebrating Human Rights”? And he certainly has a funny way of politicking in this country.

    The term Cina Bukit has been applied to him and son Guan Eng since their days in Melaka. Very fitting term. Nothing to do with Bukit Cina. But with the origins of the Chinese in this country practically all of whom originated from south China. Professors have written about south China being originally occupied by non-Chinese races like the Miaos, the Yaos and the hill tribes. Professor C.P Fitzgerald said that all of those in south China has a mixture of those. Hence very correct in saying they are Cina Bukit. Practically all Chinese in this country originate from South China.

    Kit Siang was boss of DAP not long after the party formation. Hogged on to Maha Chauvinist and Racist Lee Kuan Yew’s slogan of so-called Malaysian Malaysia. Wanting equality without acknowledging the Special Position of the Malays that was extended to the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak upon the formation of Malaysia. DAP had been “ungkit-ing” that Special Position, and their members and supporters had caused the race riots of 1969.

    As a result of that, the Sedition Act was amended to protect the “sensitive Articles of the Constitution” including the Malay and Bumiputera Special Position. And now he says Putrajaya has “a ‘funny way’ of celebrating Human Rights”? What utter squinted eyed, skewed perception, demented logic is that. What can you expect from a bloke who was ISA-ed once, having a son Guan Eng who was imprisoned for sedition, too.

    They must be whacked and wanked every time they criticized the Sedition Act. They’d do so as they are prevented from saying anything seditious against the Malay and Bumiputera Special Position and the Ketuanan Melayu as reflected in the roles, functions and responsibilities of the YDP Agong, the Rulers Council, the Malay Rulers of the former Federated States, that are entrenched in the Constitution.

    • Both Lee Kuan Yew and Lim Kit Siang are still in POWER till today.

      If this is not a clear example of dictatorship, dinosaurs will still be roaming the grounds.

  4. USA has blood on her hands.

    She is also the world’s greatest HYPOCRITE.

    Can Biden and Yun justify the difference between Malaysia’s Sedition Act and the USA’s Patriot Act in terms of massive power embedded.


    The official title of the USA PATRIOT Act is “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001.”

    The purpose of the USA PATRIOT Act is to deter and punish terrorist acts in the United States and around the world, to enhance law enforcement investigatory tools, and other purposes, some of which include:

    To strengthen U.S. measures to prevent, detect and prosecute international money laundering and financing of terrorism;

    To subject to special scrutiny foreign jurisdictions, foreign financial institutions, and classes of international transactions or types of accounts that are susceptible to criminal abuse;

    To require all appropriate elements of the financial services industry to report potential money laundering;

    To strengthen measures to prevent use of the U.S. financial system for personal gain by corrupt foreign officials and facilitate repatriation of stolen assets to the citizens of countries to whom such assets belong.

  5. More on Patriot Act …

    1. The Patriot Act allows investigators to use the tools that were already available to investigate organized crime and drug trafficking.

    2. The Patriot Act facilitated information sharing and cooperation among government agencies so that they can better “connect the dots.”

    3. The Patriot Act updated the law to reflect new technologies and new threats.

    4. The Patriot Act increased the penalties for those who commit terrorist crimes.

    • Well done, ray.

      Very good points, direct into US faces.

  6. Why bother about lim kit SIANG.
    What are his contributions towards a prosperous and peaceful Malaysia. !
    He should support all efforts by the govt to maintain peace and order. !
    PUTRAJAYA should just ignore this old man !

    • No, Putrajaya needs to react to avoid the public being misled by the obnoxious fellow.

      I support the action. Show to all that the fellow talks nonsense, not taking into account of national interest.

      Of course his interest has been in bringing chaos and disorder in this country. He has been detained under the ISA for subversive activities before, remember?

      Let’s amplify all the criticisms against this man who has long been known as an extremist. Since the days of the race riots of 1969 that was caused by the DAP that he led at that time.

  7. Look at this one – are they not idiotic in this kind of things, then have their Ambassadors talk thru their arses, being seditious to those very people they are supposedly sent out to gain goodwill?

    What utter rubbish these Americans –

    Former White Sox player becomes US ambassador

    WASHINGTON: A former outfielder for the Chicago White Sox is all lined up for the diplomatic field.


    • Sorry ! And also Meritocracy to enslave the citizens. How many can go to Oxbridge and the Ivy League. You no go Oxford you no get power ! Its the 0.10% enslaving the 99% and controlling 100% of the money. The citizens are now making the System toxic by asking for their CPF money back ! 50% of them !

      • Ladies & Gentlemen, Please remember the leader of the Singaporean Trojan Horse DAP was only an aide to the Ruler when he founded the DAP in 1966 as he and his PAP cohorts were retreating after being defeated by our Tunku. It is now known to all and sundry that the Ruler screwed up big time with 28 Policy failures in the tiny tropical isle of the Republic of Singapore and he fouted himself as ‘brilliant’. How can his ordinary aide who used to look after his needs, do anything better in a place like our beloved Malaysia with a population of 30 millions and thousands of kilometres of coastline ?

  9. How come Ah Pek Eunuch never complain about Patriot Act?

    Ah Pek Eunuch, the law is needed among other, to prevent people from peeing on National Flag’s pole. Last time an idiot (I think you know who la..) get away with it because there were not such law. The fact that you worry so much make people wonder – are you seditious?

    • I don’t think they just worry. Those “ultra kiasu, ungrateful ingrate, biadap and kurang ajar, pendatang Cina Bukit DAP” (I like that quote, and every word of it said to be justifiable with quotes from history professors, then DAP Vice President Tengku Aziz, etc) have been just mischievous, twisting, spinning anything they can find into issues, just to score political points.

      They went beyond the limits in 1969 and caused the race riots of 13 May. Lim Kit Siang was in charge of DAP at that time and a long time afterwards until he had his son installed as the boss, him lurking in the background, sometimes waving flags in front, including with the stupid Dyana, and they lost the seat they previously held at PRK Teluk Intan.

      And I suppose Lim Kit Siang would often be invited to cocktails, lunches and dinners held by that Chinaman US Ambassador, him beaming with pride and feeling encouraged to continue his kind of politics that, when crossing the line, had caused the race riots of 1969.

      In the interest of maintaining relations, the Government is not likely to do such things as declare the United States Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Y. Yun persona non grata or even protest to US such that he be withdrawn from KL. But it’s damn good of Anifah to utter the word “regret” into his face. A Japanese would hara kiri, a Roman General would fall on his sword, but a fellow ultra kiasu would have no face and pretend that things are normal.

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