There are existing laws to address offences against race, religion and royalty even if Sedition Act abolished, says Azis

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  • Thursday, 31 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Offences linked to insulting race, religion and royalty (3Rs) could be transferred to other relevant laws if the Sedition Act is abolished, says Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman (pic).

The Deputy Home Minister told the Dewan Rakyat that the government was still studying the matter, adding that such offences could be included under the Penal Code or a new law.

"Our stand is any offences involving the royal institution, race and religion, must be maintained by transferring it to existing laws or if necessary, enact a new law," he said in reply to Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique (BN-Kota Tinggi) during Question Time on Thursday (Oct 31).

Halimah had asked the ministry to state its plan whether to amend existing laws or introduce new ones to deal with offences linked to insulting race, religion and royalty.

Azis said the authorities would take immediate action against those who undermine public order.

"The police will continue to act against any parties that insult, mock or play up religious issues.

"The government will not compromise with those who stir up sensitive issues, including spreading information that can affect racial and religious harmony," he said.

Azis added that the ministry would be implementing awareness programmes to ensure that the people are more sensitive to sentiments related to such cases.

"The police have also formed monitoring and investigation units to tackle misuse of social media, so that swift action can be taken to prevent any racial and religious enmity.

"This year, the police have received 34 cases relating to 3Rs," he said.

So far, three people have been sentenced, six are on trial, nine awaiting action by the Attorney General's Chambers, four cases are still being probed while 12 other cases have been classified as "no further action".

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