TAIPING: The repeal of the Sedition Act 1948 which will be implemented soon is proof that the Govern-ment is not making “empty promises” about political transformation, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said the move to replace the Act with a new National Harmony Act was also proof that the Government has kept its word about making changes both economically and politically.
The Bill on the new Act is scheduled to be tabled at the next Parliament sitting.
“We don’t just talk or make announcements. Some of the laws we introduced we have enforced. This is the latest step to show that the Government is in tune with the people,” he told reporters after the ground breaking ceremony of a new bridge in Kampung Siputeh, about 70km from here yesterday.
The Government was also concerned about developments and changes in Malaysian society which wanted a system that was more transparent in tandem with democratic practices and demands for basic human rights, he said.
“We practise what we preach, and I hope the people can see that,” he added.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had said the Government was repealing the Sedition Act in an effort to find a mechanism that could determine the best balance between guaranteeing every citizen’s freedom of expression and the need to tackle the complex nature of the country’s multi-racial and multi-religious society.
Muhyiddin said the Opposition also did not expect the Government to take this brave step in bringing about transformation, especially in the political aspects.
He also said the perception that the soon-to-be abolished Sedition Act 1948 was being used against certain individuals was not true.- ( TheStar )