Friday, January 15, 2010

Britain No Longer Uses Sedition, What About Malaysia?

We all use to read our history books which says that Malaysia uses the law that is modeled after the English law - considered well respected by the world. However, as time goes on, we notice that old colonial laws that they have are now abolished and replaced with new more efficient laws. This is because that people perspective, public opinion and believes have now changed already and with information technology to back it up

Section 73 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 has mentioned that crimes of sedition are no longer valid and was abolished from Tuesday onwards (Wikipedia mentions that the date of commencement was on the 12th whereas others say it's on the 1st).

If there is a application of extradition of Pete, the English court will not take sedition into account for transaction, for it falls under the four bars that spells rejection to extradition, in addition to crimes in political nature. So, Musa and Gani have scored an own goal of the mob.

So, since Malaysia has called themselves of inheriting English from the beginning, why not start by dropping the Sedition Act and drop all cases involving that act? That act is already 62 years old, introduced during the Malayian Union period. Now it's no longer Malayan Union already.

But look, the ruling party wants to stick to the past, wanting to show how superior they are from the past until now that they are unwilling to ditch the sedition act. It's 2010 now, boyo.

Remember what Hisham said?

June 18 2009 - Bernama:

KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 (Bernama) -- The government has no plan to abolish the Sedition Act 1948 as its provisions are still relevant at the present time, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said Thursday.

He said the provisions enabled the government to act if individuals or organisations attempted to undermine security and public order.

"Individuals who use words of a seditious nature in their speech or writing can be prosecuted under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act," he said in a written reply to Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) in the Dewan Rakyat.

Karpal Singh had asked whether the government was prepared to abolish the Sedition Act 1948 which was formulated to stop protests against the formation of the Malayan Union proposed by the British administration then.

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