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Dragnet proves urgency to axe Sedition Act, Suhakam tells Putrajaya

Dragnet proves urgency to axe Sedition Act, Suhakam tells Putrajaya

September 2, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 2 — Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) reminded the Najib administration today to make good its promise to repeal the Sedition Act 1948, saying it was “deeply disturbed” by the recent arrest and prosecution of lawmakers, students and today, an academic under the colonial-era law. It urged the federal government to move with the times and replace the law criticised as draconian for quelling dissent with its proposed “National Harmony Act”, which Suhakam... Read more

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University Malaya law lecturer Azmi Sharom (left) is charged with sedition for his comments on the 2009 Perak crisis, September 2, 2014. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

University Malaya law lecturer Azmi Sharom (left) is charged with sedition for his comments on the 2009 Perak crisis, September 2, 2014. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng Read More