Cops can still conduct probes under Sedition Act, says Muhyiddin

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin at the 229th Prisons Day celebration at the Prisons Academy of Malaysia in Kajang today. (Bernama pic)

KAJANG: The police can still conduct investigations under the Sedition Act 1948 as the law has not been repealed, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said today.

He said the police would investigate cases under the act at their discretion.

“I have asked the police to use the act prudently and to make sure that there is strong basis for using the act in their investigations,” he told reporters after attending the 229th Prisons Day celebration at the Prisons Academy of Malaysia here.

Also present were Deputy Home Minister Mohd Azis Jamman and prisons director-general Zulkifli Omar.

Muhyiddin said the government is considering whether the Sedition Act is still relevant or should be amended.

“The study is in the final stage. Several matters have been identified that do not have to be applied in the act,” he said.

On another matter, he said the government plans to raise the special incentive payment for prison staff to RM200, as has been done for other uniformed forces.

“We (the home ministry) will try to implement this and hope the finance ministry gives approval as the total amount is not big,” he said.