SELAYANG: Sanusi Nor has accused the government of stifling free speech after he was charged with two counts of sedition against rulers today.
Sanusi, who is Perikatan Nasional election director and caretaker Kedah menteri besar, pleaded not guilty to two sedition charges in separate courts relating to his speech at a ceramah in Gombak on July 11.
Both judges imposed a gag order refraining Sanusi from making any comment regarding the case.
Speaking to reporters outside the court, Sanusi claimed the charges were politically motivated ahead of the six state elections on Aug 12.
“It seems that in Malaysia, we can’t say anything,” said Sanusi.
“In Malaysia, we have a fearful government that uses the police to arrest people and suppress our freedom of speech, with all public agencies being used to impede the development and well-being of the people.
“I am confident that with these charges, many Malaysians (now) realise their (government’s) real intentions.”
Sanusi alleged that the investigation into his cases was rushed as it took only three days.
He also said he only found out that he would be charged through the media, adding that he was arrested early this morning despite stating that he would present himself in court.
“I informed several parties that I would be present at court this morning, but they still wanted to arrest me at my apartment in Kuala Lumpur at 3am,” he said.
“I gave my full cooperation when I was investigated and arrested.”
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