(a) the repeal of the Sedition Act 1948 (‘the Act’);(b) the withdrawal of all pending charges, cases and appeals under the Act; and(c) a moratorium on the use of the Act.
(a) Since 2013, at least 21 persons have been charged under the Sedition Act 1948, and most of the instances have been listed in Appendix A to the September 2014 Resolutionl; and(b) Among the cases that have gone to full trial, activist Adam Adli was convicted and sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, activist Safwan Anang was convicted and sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment and activist and former ISA detainee Hishamuddin Rais was fined RM5,000. The Attorney General has appealed to increase the sentences in all these cases.
(a) On 5 October 2014, Petaling Jaya Utara Umno deputy division chief Mohamad Azli Mohemed Saad reportedly called for the abolishment of vernacular schools.(b) On 26 November 2014, Baling Wanita Umno chief Datuk Mashitah Ibrahim reportedly alleged falsely that a Chinese in Kedah had burnt the Quran in a prayer ritual.(c) On 2 February 2015, Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob reportedly wrote in a Facebook post that Chinese-owned businesses were raising prices indiscriminately and called for a boycott of Chinese businesses.
(a) Activist Ali Abdul Jalil had 3 charges levelled against him under the Act. Over the course of approximately 22 days, Ali was repeatedly charged and remanded under the Act and once he posted bail under one charge, he was re-arrested and remanded again under a fresh sedition charge in what can arguably be viewed as a bid to keep him remanded for as long as possible. The ordeal he experienced exemplifies the abject abuse of the Act by the authorities and how it is used as an instrument of oppression against dissenting voices. Ali has since fled the country seeking political asylum in Sweden, saying, “Malaysia is not safe for me”. He has been declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.(b) On 12 January 2015, about 20 police officers were deployed to arrest Eric Paulsen under the Act, and his mobile phone and laptop were seized. He was remanded for 2 days during which time the police took him to his house to search for additional laptops.(c) On 10 February 2015, about 5 police officers were deployed to Zulkiflee Anwar Haque (Zunar)’s house to arrest him under the Act, and he was remanded for 3 days.(d) On 19 February 2015, about 10 police officers were deployed to S. Arutchelvan’s home to arrest him under the Act, and also seized his computer, modem and mobile phone.(e) In contrast, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob was not investigated under the Sedition Act but under the Penal Code. Unlike the others who were arrested in order for statements to be taken, and who would in all likelihood have attended at the police station voluntarily, the police negotiated the setting up of a meeting with Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in order to take his statement.