KAJANG: The Sedition Act 1948 will continue to be used at the discretion of the police until the law is repealed, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The Home Minister said the police could continue to use it but must do so prudently.
"We planned on repealing the law so that no party could say the government was abusing it.
"But now, we can see certain individuals making statements and action is taken against them by the police, mostly for issues on race, religion, and the royal institution," he told reporters after attending the Prison Day celebration at the Kajang Prison Academy here on Wednesday (March 20).
He said the Cabinet imposed a moratorium on the law last year, but this was suspended following the riots over the Seafield Mariamman Temple relocation issue.
However, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong had said in Parliament on Tuesday (March 19), that the police had been ordered to stop investigations under the Sedition Act.
He was answering a supplementary question by Ahmad Fahmi Mohamad Fadzil (PH-Lembah Pantai) on the government's commitment to abolish the law and to stop all investigations under the law.
On the abolition of the law, Liew said that a final decision had yet to be made as reforms were still underway.