Sedition Act to go this year, says law minister

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

PUTRAJAYA: The Sedition Act 1948 is expected to be abolished this year, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong.

He said the government had decided in a Cabinet meeting that the act would be abolished. He added that it is looking at the various factors for its implementation.

“We want to ensure that not necessarily all statements made can be seditious because we want to ensure certain statements can enjoy some form of freedom… but not that we want to allow everybody to simply make statements that defame our rulers and leaders, especially,” he told a recent press conference in conjunction with Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) first year in power here.

After the abolition of the act, Liew said, a new formula would be introduced to replace it.

“However, we in PH do not actually mind if people want to criticise us. Constructive criticism is good for the government because from there we can progress and develop,” he added.

Liew said the government is also looking into the possibility of introducing anti-stalking laws as the behaviour appears to have become a trend.

He also said the Special Cabinet Committee, which was set up to review the implementation of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), would come up with a complete report between June and July this year.

He said the PH government has also been committed to upholding MA63, in which the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with the peninsula would be restored as stated in the agreement.