KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia regrets the comments made by the United States ambassador to Malaysia, Joseph Y. Yun on the latest developments relating to Malaysian governmentâ€™s decision to retain the Sedition Act 1948.
Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah Aman said given the nationâ€™s unwavering position on moderation and tolerance, Malaysia is disappointed that the US Ambassador had chosen to highlight his unwarranted comments on the decisions of the Government.
Yun is said to have made the remarks in an interview with an online news portal.
â€œWisma Putra summoned the US Ambassador to the Ministry on 10 December 2014 to explain the USâ€™s position on the matter,â€ Anifah said in a statement.
â€œThe Sedition Act 1948 does not hinder a vibrant democracy. The Act is a preventive measure to ensure that no parties would incite religious and racial tension that could jeopardise peace and stability in the country, â€œ he added.
Malaysia calls on the US government to respect the internal affairs of the country and allow Malaysia the space, indispensable to all countries with maturing democracies, to ensure continued peace, security and stability in the country,â€ he said.
â€œMalaysia calls on the US government to respect the internal affairs of the country and allow Malaysia the space, indispensable to all countries with maturing democracies, to ensure continued peace, security and stability in the country,â€ he said.
Anifah said Malaysia wishes to remind all parties that the decision relating to the Sedition Act 1948 is a prerogative of the government.
â€œDespite the interest of external parties on the subject, any decisions of the government on the Act are an internal matter and any unwarranted comments on the decisions of the government would be regarded as interference in the countryâ€™s internal affairs,â€ he said
â€œThe Government of Malaysia remains committed to maintaining peace, stability and harmony in the country and safeguarding the multiracial and multicultural values, norms and practices in Malaysia,â€ Anifah said.MYNEWSHUB