Why prosecute Lokman’s brother, PM wasn’t offended, says law minister

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong.

KOTA KINABALU: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong today urged the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) not to prosecute the brother of Umno Supreme Council member Lokman Noor Adam for insulting Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Liew, who is the de facto law minister, said the case should not see the light of day as Mahathir had not been offended by the statements against him.

“It reflects how magnanimous our prime minister is. As leaders of the country and government ministers, we’re subject to ridicule and criticism by members of the public.

“The only caution is that any statement made against a political leader must not be defamatory as the law provides for recourse for legal action to be taken against the defamer,” he said when contacted by the media here today.

Liew was responding to the detention of Azman Noor Adam, who allegedly spread images on social media insulting Mahathir.

The prime minister himself had expressed disagreement towards the action taken against Azman.

“It should not have happened because I don’t think it is going to affect me in any way,” he said.

Commenting on Azis Jamman’s statement that the Sedition Act would continue to be used, Liew said the deputy home minister was correct as the law was not yet repealed.

Azis, who is Warisan’s Sepanggar MP, earlier clarified that his comment on the issue did not mean he agreed with retaining the act.

At the moment, Liew said, the process of repealing the Sedition Act was going through the committee stages of the relevant ministries. He said a Cabinet paper would be submitted for consideration soon.

“There are provisions in the existing act that safeguard the ruler of the country, namely the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, from all forms of seditious attacks.

“As he is our constitutional monarch, we must respect and remain loyal to our king as enshrined in the Rukun Negara,” he said.