KUALA LUMPUR, 18 June 2009: The government has no plan to abolish the Sedition Act 1948 as its provisions are still relevant at present, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today.
He said the provisions enabled the government to act if individuals or organisations attempted to undermine security and public order.
“Individuals who use words of a seditious nature in their speech or writing can be prosecuted under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act,” he said in a written reply to Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) in the Dewan Rakyat.
Karpal Singh had asked whether the government was prepared to abolish the Sedition Act 1948, which was formulated to stop protests against the formation of the Malayan Union proposed by the British administration then.
Meanwhile, in a written reply to a question from Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur), Hishammuddin said Internal Security Act (ISA) detainees were given a conditional release in order to monitor them and to ensure that they did not get involved in any activity thatcould threaten national security or public order.
He said the government would only remove the conditions when it was satisfied that the released detainees were no longer involved in such activity. — Bernama