KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 (Bernama) -- Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today hit out at those demanding for the Sedition Act 1948 to be abolished without thinking of the negative impact.
He drew attention to the demands made by certain quarters previously, which resulted in the government repealing the Emergency Ordinance 1969 and the Internal Security Act 1948.
"Now they want the Sedition Act to be abolished. I don't think there's a need to do this, because what is left then to protect the people and to ensure continued public order and peace?"
Ahmad Zahid said this when met by reporters after flagging-off the motorcycle convoy expedition organised in conjunction with the 75th anniversary celebration of Utusan Melayu (Malaysia) Berhad, here, today.
"Furthermore, if the Sedition Act is abolished, all the lies, slander and unfair comdemnation made by the inciters will be regarded as 'halal' (permissible), whereas democracy does not ask us to do that," he said.
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Ahmad Zahid said the repeal of certain laws before had seen rising crime rates in the country.
"Even if they were arrested and charged, they (criminals) would always look for technicalities to get away with their crime and the police could not do anythng even if they had strong evidence."
Meanwhile, Ahmad Zahid said there would be more in-depth discussion on the law to replace the Emergency Ordinance.
"To demonstrate a policy of openness on this, the Home Ministry, police and Attorney-General's Chambers will hold a dialogue with non-governmental organisations, individuals and others to obtain feedback, input and comments on the matter," he said.
The three-day convoy expedition involving 28 superbikes and four other vehicles will be for a distance of 400 km from Kuala Lumpur ke Queen Street, Singapore to trace the history of Utusan Melayu's establishment.
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