PROHAM is shocked to see the proposed amendments to the Sedition Act. These proposed amendments, if passed by Parliament, will be a setback for Malaysia as it will further erode the already limited rights of Malaysians to free speech.
The proposed amendments which also create new offences will have serious repercussions that affect fundamental human rights.
Removing judicial discretion in bail and sentencing strikes to the very essence of a judicial function by Judges and hence, any legislation that prohibits this judicial function is an affront to justice and freedom.
PROHAM urges and appeals to the Prime Minister to once again keep to his earlier promise to do away with the Sedition Act altogether and in the circumstances, to withdraw the proposed amendments.
Kuthubul Zaman Bukhari