He said the Act was needed to monitor writings and publications which could disrupt the harmony and unity among people of various races.
"As such, any seditious writing or words if not nipped in the bud, could lead to more serious problems," he told reporters when asked to comment on calls by some quarters who wanted the act to be retained, while others wanted it repealed.
Ahmad Shabery said this after opening the Sungai Besar Umno division delegates meeting in Sekinchan here Sunday.
Also present at the meeting were Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Md Yunos and Sungai Besar Wanita Umno chief and Sungai Besar Member of Parliament Datuk Noriah Kasnon. - Bernama