Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Police will not hesitate to take action against seditious acts

Federal constitution guarantees freedom of speech, however it has its limits, deputy IGP says

KOTA KINABALU: The Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim has stressed that the police will not compromise on acting decisively against anyone who tries to incite the public on seditious issues.

Noor Rashid said decisive action must be taken by the police to ensure that the people and country remained prosperous and secure.

“If we refer to the definition of Section 2 in the Sedition Act, (it is) called “seditious tendency”.

“Anyone who disputes the position of the (Malay) rulers, anyone who disputes the integrity of the courts that exist in our country, anyone who incites racial tension, we define (these acts) under Section 2 of the Sedition Act (1948),” he said.

Noor Rashid said this to reporters after closing the Police Station Heads Integrity Seminar (Sabah contingent) here today. Noor Rashid was commenting on police investigations against Doris Jones, who is associated with the Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia (SSKM) movement.

According to Noor Rashid anyone who disputed articles under Section 2 of the Sedition Act would be subject to police investigations and appropriate action would be taken against them including being charged in court.

Noor Rashid said that although the Federal Constitution guarantees freedom of speech in the country, the freedom does, however, have its limits. ”It means if we want to talk, we need to know the limits. If you cross the limits, then as police officers, with a view to maintain peace and order in the country, we will take action accordingly,” he said.

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