PETALING JAYA: An adviser to a rights group has slammed Deputy Home Minister Mohd Azis Jamman for defending the use of the Sedition Act against the brother of an Umno leader.
In a tweet, Lawyers for Liberty’s N Surendran said that the Warisan MP was not fit to be a deputy minister.
“What nonsense to talk about police SOP,” he said, referring to the standard operating procedures.
“He should get a copy of the Pakatan Harapan manifesto and read it.”
Azis was earlier today reported to have said that the controversial act will continue to be used until it is amended or repealed when commenting on the arrest of Azman Noor Adam.
Azman is the younger brother of Umno Supreme Council member Lokman Noor Adam.
Azis said police were merely following the SOP when they arrested Azman as a report was lodged that he had allegedly uploaded a picture that insulted Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad on social media.
Prior to the May 9 polls, Pakatan Harapan pledged to do away with the Sedition Act.
It also promised to abolish the National Security Council Act and Anti-Fake News Act when it came to power.
Earlier today, Mahathir said he disagreed with the action against Lokman’s younger brother.
“It should not have happened because I don’t think it is going to affect me in any way,” he said after a function.
He said politicians should accept being criticised and called names.
“I have been called all kinds of names even when I was the prime minister before,” he had said.
Meanwhile, DAP’s Ramkarpal Singh said Azis’s statement on the Sedition Act reflects a lack of political will on Putrajaya’s part in carrying out one of its most important election promises, namely the repeal of such draconian laws.
“His announcement misses the point that such laws ought not to be used on anyone, regardless of political affiliation, as it ought to be a matter of time before they are repealed,” he said in a statement.
Ramkarpal, who is also the party’s legal bureau chairman, said that the home ministry should have announced that government resources would not be wasted on offences which are likely to become obsolete in the near future.
The Bukit Gelugor MP went on to express his hope that the act would be repealed soon, saying it was not difficult to do so as such a move will likely be supported in Parliament, the way the GST was abolished.
“If the goods and services tax (GST) was abolished almost immediately after GE14, the same ought to apply to the Sedition Act as well.”