KUALA LUMPUR: Amnesty International Malaysia has condemned the police's decision to investigate Barisan Nasional secretary-general Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz (pic) under the Sedition Act.
"The use of the Sedition Act affirms a continuing trend in which the authorities are using this law despite its wide and arbitrary provisions.
"The Act does not comply with international human rights law and standards," said its executive director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu.
"The restrictions on the right to freedom of expression imposed in Malaysia's Sedition Act are phrased in an excessively broad and vague manner, potentially resulting in both an overreach of the law and potential for abusive application of the law.
"The government must repeal the Sedition Act and use laws and provisions that are clearly and narrowly defined," she said in a statement on Tuesday (Feb 26).
Shamini said a wide range of criminal laws had been used by the previous Barisan administration to target human rights defenders and peaceful government critics, including the Sedition Act 1948; the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, as well as the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012.
"Pakatan Harapan promised to abolish these laws in their election manifesto," she said.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Mohd Fuzi Harun has confirmed that that Nazri is being investigated for alleged offences under the Sedition Act.
It was reported that Nazri, in his speech in Beranang, Semenyih on Saturday (Feb 23), allegedly said that non-Malays should not question Malay privileges as they also enjoys special privileges such as vernacular schools.
Nazri also allegedly questioned the appointment of non-Malays as Attorney General, Chief Justice and Finance Minister, and said that Malay rights should be defended at all costs.
Nazri further claimed that a non-Malay AG would not be able to take an oath of office on the Quran before the King.
He later explained that a non-Malay AG could be biased against Malays.