FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN ‘NEW’ MALAYSIA

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 12 July 2018

What a breath of fresh air it was to read activist lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri’s thought provoking musings (“Don’t kiss the hands that beat you”) on the meaning of freedom and dignity and the levels of social constraints that still shackle us despite the illusion of democracy when we vote once every five years. Her thoughts are the stuff of academic discussions in institutions of higher learning of substance anywhere in the world and one would hope, also in ‘new’ Malaysia.

Unfortunately, we hear that Fadiah is under investigation over this same article deemed “seditious” (sic) for questioning the royal institution. She has been summoned to appear at the Brickfields police station after a report was lodged over her article and we have learnt that the police are investigating her under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

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