Friday, 28 November 2014

Najib bold, firm in retaining sedition law, say BN leaders – Bernama

Barisan Nasional (BN) component party leaders today hailed Datuk Seri Najib Razak as a “bold and firm” leader after the latter announced the decision to retain the Sedition Act 1948 at the Umno general assembly.

They said without such firmness, it would be difficult for the nation to maintain its peace and prosperity.

Parti Bersatu Sabah president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said the Umno president's firm decision could put to an end issues that should not have cropped up in the first place, including the secession of Sabah and Sarawak from Malaysia.

"We must have commitment concerning this situation, as such, there must be cooperation among us and we must take measures together to strengthen the nation's fighting spirit,” he said after Najib delivered the presidential policy speech at the 2014 Umno general assembly today.

Najib had said that the Sedition Act would be retained with the inclusion of two special provisions aimed at protecting the sanctity of Islam and other religions besides prosecuting those who incited for the separation of Sabah and Sarawak from Malaysia.

People's Progressive Party (PPP) president Tan Sri M. Kayveas said Najib's announcement was meant to issue a warning that the government would not compromise in achieving the objective of making Malaysia a peaceful pluralistic nation.

He said the decision made was in line with the current situation and to protect public interests.

Also concurring with the decision was the president of the Kongres India Muslim Malaysia (Kimma), Datuk Seri Syed Ibrahim Kader, who said the decision was made for the good of the nation. – Bernama, November 27, 2014.

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