Friday, 12 September 2014



Prime Minister Najib Razak has reiterated the government's promise to repeal the Sedition Act 1948 and replace it with the National Harmony Act

However, the new Act which was supposed to reach the Dewan Rakyat next month, has been postponed to sometimes next year to allow all quarters of the society give feedback, input and response to it.

It's not an easy task. The government must be tactful as not to leave any room for 'legal error'.

The Attorney-General Chamber (AGC) is the authority in charge while Minister in the Prime Minister's Dept Nancy Shukri is the person working on it from all aspects, including to get draft proposal from various parties, including the Bar Council.

And of course the Home Ministry gains much attention because the law will enforced by its agency, the police. Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has oftenly been made the subject of prejudice each time someone is charged under the Sedition Act.

Perhaps Youth Leaders from Pakatan Rakyat should go ask AG Gani Patail or Nancy about the progress of the new law, instead of 'storming' into KDN and question its officers about it. Not so wise of them to seek answers and come up with a 'stupid' summary.
PUTRAJAYA: Youth Leaders from Pakatan Rakyat coalition said that there are currently no effort from the government to repeal the Sedition Act. 
This indicates that the infamous act would remain, which is in conflict with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s promise to repeal the Sedition Act and replace it with the Harmony Act.
The discussion over the use of the Sedition Act with the representative of the Home Minister, by the youth leaders was said to be “disappointing.
According to Suhaizan Kaiat from PAS, when asked about the steps taken by the government to replace the act, the response from the Home Ministry’s security division secretary, Awang Din was, “No progress.”
“I think we all heard the same, no progress. He said it twice or three times.
“He meant that after the announcement from Najib about repealing the act, no steps were taken to repeal it,” he explained.
I was wondering why they wanted the government to hasten repealing the Sedition Act when the replacement law was still under evaluation?

What's their motive? And why did they choose KDN to find the answer?

KDN's security division secretary Awang Din gave them the right 'no progress' answer because they came to the wrong place. Zahid did not entertain them as he was having another meeting, and even if he could, he would have echoed what the Prime Minister had said.
The government will ensure that the process of replacing or retaining the Sedition Act 1948 will be done with due consultation with the various stakeholders, especially the Malay groups, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said. 
He said the government will never do anything that is harmful to the nation or communities.
"The foundation of our country is based on national harmony, stability and unity. As a government, we will not do anything that can cause disharmony; whether we want to have a National Harmony Act or retain the Sedition Act, we will do it through a rational process.
"If we want to change an Act, the new Act must be better than the existing one. For this, certainly we will consult various stakeholders," he said in his address to the Prime Minister Department's staff at their monthly assembly here today.
Najib said that currently the most vocal groups are the Malay groups and the people should understand the issues that are close to their hearts, namely Islamic issues, Malay Rulers and Article 153 of the Federal Constitution which safeguards the rights and privileges of the Malays and bumiputras.
And here is another 'brainless' and unbalanced mind.

In supporting the review of sedition cases carried out by the AGC, the MCA Youth also wanted the government to drop all pending charges.
MCA Youth Legal Bureau chairman Choo Wei Sern said while the AGC’s review came as an encouraging progress to repeal the “archaic” legislation, it was insufficient, adding that the government should stop using the act and up efforts to replace it. 
“The MCA Youth Legal Bureau notes that the prime minister had since July 2012 promised to repeal the said act and that the said act shall be replaced with the new National Harmony Act,” said Choo, adding that the bills, now renamed to National Unity Bills, were submitted to the government to be enacted through Parliament.
Speaking the Opposition tune?

And where is Umno (I have blogged about it two days ago) in reaching out to our undergraduates, explaining to them what the Sedition Act and its replacement law is paramount in keeping the country peaceful and stable.

We just let them in the blind and on the loose, with almost zero comprehension on the law.
More than four-hundred University Malaya law students exhorted the government to replace the Sedition Act 1948 with an act that has more specific legislation to suit current times.
The students who participated in the “hartal” (strike) yesterday demanded academic freedom when their law professor Dr Azmi Sharom was charged under the Sedition Act for a statement he made on the 2009 Perak crisis.
They believe that the charge was unfair and should be dropped.
Co-organiser of the peaceful solidarity march, Dr Lee Hwok Aun, told The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) that a far more reasonable and democratic law should be introduced as the stipulated Sedition Act’s outlook is too broad.
We are letting the Opposition leaders and their NGOs do it for us, in a reversible manner. They incited the students to 'revolt' against the sedition law, promising them an absolute freedom if they wrest Putrajaya in the next general election.

What are our party's information chief, Information Dept people and others doing to help the government defuse such a boiling situation?

Those who are against the law, what are you so afraid of? You should be more afraid if such a law is not enforced in the country!

Know what I mean?

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