Gobind: Green light from Cabinet for freeze on Sedition Act

KUALA LUMPUR: The Cabinet has decided to temporarily suspend actions under the Sedition Act, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

He said the decision was made at the Cabinet meeting yesterday.

“A decision was made that since we are going to abolish the act, actions under the act should be suspended temporarily.

”That’s the decision of the Cabinet and it should be communicated to the attorney-general and it’s up to him to decide what to do next,” he said when met by the media after opening the E-Commerce Entrepreneurship Summit today.

Gobind Singh had tweeted recently that he would propose a moratorium on the Sedition Act 1948 when the Cabinet meets on Wednesday.

The minister was reported by a local news portal recently that the attorney-general was already preparing the necessary legislation to repeal the contentious law.

It also reported that Pakatan Harapan was on track to repeal the Sedition Act and it should be tabled at the next sitting of Parliament.

Prior to the May 9 general election, Pakatan Harapan had pledged to abolish “oppressive laws” which included the Sedition Act 1948, Prevention of Crime Act 1959, Universities and University Colleges Act 1971, Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, National Security Council Act 2016 and laws that prescribe mandatory death by hanging.