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As we debate this issue, it is important for us to get all the terminology right.
A painting, a song, a dance and a novel – these are all forms of expression. So too, is a film as art and literature are all forms of expressions.
We should not prejudge, and the accused have the right to defend themselves against the charges.
Rude and offensive comments may hurt one's feelings, but they should not attract State intervention.
MANY predict that sometime next year, Parliament will be dissolved to make way for the 14th General Election. When this happens, the state legislative assemblies will also be dissolved, except for Sarawak which held its elections last year.
Malaysians can drive, marry, sign contracts and be tried in court as an adult by that age, so they should be able to cast their ballots, too.
Democracy is not a political system in which the majority may do as it pleases.
The argument that any artistic or literary work must not cause offence or hurt the feelings of others misses the whole point of satire. Satirical works that do not offend are not satire.
The special position of Islam as the religion of the State is clear, but laws do not have to be passed in conformity with Islamic law to be valid.
No citizen should ever be excluded or prevented from taking a stand about a piece of legislation, writes Syahredzan Johan