BINTULU – Malaysia has the right to make any decision for the sake of the country’s security and peace, including retaining laws such as the Sedition Act 1948, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The deputy prime minister said the decision to retain the act was final and it was needless to review it as there had been detailed discussions and the views of all quarters had been obtained.
“Outsiders need not interfere in this matter,” he said after opening the triennial general assembly of the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) here today.
Malaysia, he stressed, never interfered in the internal affairs of other countries and wanted other countries to respect its current stand.
Muhyiddin was commenting on criticisms from various quarters, among them United States Vice President Joe Biden and US Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Kahn who had criticised the government decision.
Last Nov 27, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced, taking into account the people’s views, that the Sedition Act 1948 would be retained with amendments to include two special provisions to further strengthen the act.
He said the special provisions were aimed at protecting the sanctity of the Islamic religion and other religions as well as prosecuting those who pushed for Sabah and Sarawak to leave Malaysia.
“The Sedition Act will be retained. In fact, it will be safeguarded, strengthened and enhanced,” Najib had said. – BERNAMA