Sedition Act still relevant, says home minister

Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin.

KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin says the Sedition Act is still relevant.

Speaking in the Dewan Rakyat here today, he said the act was especially important given the rise in fake news as well as the many different racial and religious groups in the country.

He also said the spread of fake news could disrupt peace and security, especially when it concerns sensitive issues.

Over the last two years, he said, there had been an increase in sedition cases involving the royalty, race, religion and the special rights enshrined in Articles 152, 153 and 181 of the Federal Constitution.

From 2015 to July 1 this year, 300 cases were filed under the Sedition Act, he added.

“(Of these), 41 cases were charged, 171 classified as no further action, and 34 are still pending,” he said.

The Larut MP was responding to Gobind Singh Deo (PH-Puchong) who asked if the Sedition Act would be abolished.