The nation must be brave enough to undertake to repeal all draconian laws enacted during the British Administration which had experienced many amendments and/or consolidation. There are enough provisions in the Penal Code to handle such ‘obnoxious behaviours’ and the best mean would still be the moral sanctions and societal abhorrence for such behaviours.
If we want to TRULY catapult and propel this nation to an advanced society with a vibrant and a mature democracy, we all should stand up to it and be counted! Ruling with impunity and unending mediocrity could no longer be safeguarded and perpetuated by draconian laws, oftentimes ostensibly misused and abused on legitimate democratic dissent.
PM Najib must no longer be allowed to do his usual flip-flopping and zig-zaging on critical reforms like repealing this sedition act. Any attempt at stifling the democratisation wave is an act of ‘subversion and treason’ to this beloved nation! The PM must be firm and assertive to reprimand his minister to toe the line and he needs no apologia from his subordinates. His rhetoric on Political Transformation is otherwise hollow and breeds contempt. Verily, we are in no need of a ‘spineless’ Prime Minister… Prove to us that you are not one!
PM only ‘suggested’ Sedition Act repeal, says Subra
By Boo Su-Lyn July 08, 2013 (http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/cabinet-yet-to-decide-on-sedition-act-says-home-minister)
KUALA LUMPUR, July 8 ―
A “suggestion” was all that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak made when he “announced” plans to repeal the Sedition Act 1948 last year, Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam said today.
The health minister stressed that the Cabinet has yet to decide whether to abolish the colonial-era law that critics have denounced as a tool to silence political opponents and dissent.
“The prime minister (picture) has the right to make a suggestion,” Subramaniam told reporters at the Parliament House here today.
“He has to bring it back to Cabinet,” he added. In July last year, the prime minister announced that the Sedition Act will be repealed but added that this would only be done once a replacement law — a National Harmony Act — is introduced in its place.