SEREMBAN: There is no need to enact new legislation to protect the sanctity of the royal institution from being mocked by irresponsible individuals, said former minister Tan Sri Rais Yatim.
Rais said provisions under the Federal Constitution as well as the Sedition Act already provided sufficient penalties for this.
“The issue here is that some irresponsible people have taken advantage of our incompetency to enforce these laws. Personally, I do not see the need for new legislation.
“We need to prove that we can execute our duties well based on provisions under the existing laws,” he told reporters after a session with the Negri Sembilan Minang Welfare Association.
Citing an example, he said there were already provisions in the Penal Code against any individual who attacked or mocked the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
“Why do we need new legislation when we already have some 987 main Acts?” he said.
Rais, who is also state Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chief, said he knew his views on the matter were against those of the federal government, but these were based purely on points of law.