Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is appalled by the statement by Muhyiddin Yassin on the Sedition Act 1948 and call for the government to reinstate the moratorium on the Sedition Act 1948.
The Sedition Act 1948 is a draconian law introduced by the colonial government to restrict and suppress political dissidence. Under Barisan Nasional, the law was abused to silence political opponents, human rights activists and others that voiced out against the injustice perpetrated by Barisan Nasional.
The repression then has turned public support towards Pakatan Harapan which won the 14th General Election with the promise of a new and better Malaysia where fundamental freedoms and human rights are respected and upheld. Yet, as we draw closer to the one-year mark of the Pakatan Harapan administration, the Sedition Act 1948 continues to be the stumbling block to freedom of expression.
The Sedition Act was never designed to protect or maintain national harmony and its application will never bring about national harmony. There is no shortcut to strengthen national harmony. Pakatan Harapan needs to build safe space where different views, ideology and thoughts can be shared freely with issues of concerns debated in a democratic fashion and not rely on archaic and draconian laws like the Sedition Act 1948.
Stop defending the Sedition Act 1948 and abolish it as promised in Buku Harapan.