KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry is of the view that the Sedition Act 1948 is still relevant, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said in a written reply that the spread of reports or information which are seditious in nature via social media could threaten the peace and safety of the public.
"Therefore, the Ministry is of the view that the Sedition Act is still relevant considering the structure of the Malaysian public which comprises various religions and backgrounds," he said.
Hamzah said this in reply to Gobind Singh Deo (PH-Puchong), who had asked whether the Sedition Act will be abolished and whether there is any intention to do so.
Hamzah said that the spread of false information or news reports which are seditious in nature are going out of control and could create public disorder as it touches on sensitive issues among the people.
He added that the statistics showed that there is an increasing trend of seditious cases in the last two years involving royalty, race and religion, which are protected under Article 3 of the Federal Constitution as well as Article 152,153 and 181.
"Between 2015 and July 1 this year, a total of 300 investigations were opened under the Sedition Act 1948 involving 41 cases that have been successfully charged, 171 cases that have been declared as no further action, 54 cases still under investigation and 34 cases that have been classified as KUS (Kemaskini Untuk Simpan)," added Hamzah.
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