Take action against Hanif but not with Sedition Act, says Gobind

DAP’s Gobind Singh Deo says the Sedition Act is arbitrary and subject to abuse.

PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Gobind Singh Deo today reiterated the party’s stand that the Sedition Act should be abolished, amid calls by some for the legislation to be used against former top cop Hanif Omar over his accusations against Lim Kit Siang.

Gobind, who is DAP’s national deputy chairman, said abolishing the Sedition Act had been part of Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) election manifesto.

“While I agree that action should be taken against Hanif for the somewhat reckless and baseless allegations he made against Lim, resort should not be made to the Sedition Act for that purpose,” he said in a statement.

Earlier this week, Hanif was reported as saying that he had thrown Lim into prison under the Internal Security Act in 1969 as the DAP veteran had suggested that Peninsular Malaysia be split into two, “east coast for the Malays and the west coast for the Chinese”.

Lim had called the claims “cock-and-bull stories” and instructed his lawyer, Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh, to file a defamation suit.

Ramkarpal said Hanif should be investigated under the Sedition Act as his statement “has a tendency to pit one race against another, namely the Malays against the Chinese”.

His comment was criticised by the National Human Rights Society and former de facto law minister Zaid Ibrahim who said such a call went against PH’s manifesto.

Gobind agreed, saying the Sedition Act was arbitrary and subject to abuse.

“It has been used as a political tool to stifle political dissent here in Malaysia.

“We have consistently called for its repeal and that position remains.”