KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 – Datuk Seri Najib Razak today urged the Sedition Act is not the key to Barisan Nasional (BN) to remain in power as a government is elected by the people. In this regard, the Prime Minister, who is also Chairman of the Barisan Nasional (BN), said the government had no particular agenda when deciding to retain the Sedition Act 1948.
“The government has no other agenda, the decision to maintain the harmony of this act is for the people of this country. “We also want to emphasize, the Sedition Act is not the key to BN remains in power because of a government is elected by the people,” he said at the opening of the General Assembly of People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to C-61, in the Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here, a while ago.
Also present, PPP president M Kayveas. Najib, who is also Umno president, said the announcement to maintain the act aims to protect Islam and other religions and prosecute those who incite Sabah and Sarawak out of Malaysia.
On Thursday, Najib in his Keynote Address by the President on the General Assembly in 2014 decided that the government would not repeal it, otherwise will be strengthened by adding two special provisions that protect Islam and other religions and action against agitators who want to Sabah and Sarawak out of Malaysia.
Proposed repeal of the Sedition Act 1948 is set out for the first time in July 2012 and will be replaced by a new act, known as the National Harmony Act. The proposal was originally aimed at finding mechanisms that can determine the best balance between the need to guarantee the freedom of expression of every citizen and the need to handle complex pluralism in Malaysia.
However, the proposal faced opposition by various parties provide critical view demands that the act was retained to handle the issues that give rise to racial and religious tension.