If someone LIES - then it would libel or defamation >>> it is also a criminal offence ...
Now, Sedition is about causing disaffection with the government, etc ... it is a violation of freedom of expression and opinion... it also is bad for Malaysia - for it is against criticism, highlighting of failings, etc - It is a draconian piece of legislation - certainly unsuitable for a democratic nation.
REPEAL OF THE SEDITION ACT IS COMMENDABLE
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (the Commission) welcomes the announcement of the proposed repeal of the Sedition Act 1948, one of the many laws which it has previously called upon the Government to repeal, and hopes that this commendable move will enable a greater enjoyment of the basic human rights to freedom of speech as guaranteed under the Federal Constitution and as enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 (UDHR).
|Press Release | Cease Use of, and Abolish, the Sedition Act|
|Wednesday, 20 August 2014 03:09pm|
The Malaysian Bar is concerned with the ongoing use of, and resort to, sedition laws by the authorities. This is in direct contradiction to the express recognition by the Government that the Sedition Act has long outlived its purpose, and undermines the explicit pledge by the Prime Minister in July 2012 to repeal this law.