Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Sedition Act a violation of Malaysia Agreement

The Sarawak Council held that the right to secede was implied in MA63.

KUCHING: Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen has pointed out that the criminalisation of any talk of secession, under proposed amendments to the Sedition Act 1948, was a violation of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

He said that DAP MPs would oppose the Sedition Act and called on all MPs in Sarawak to do likewise, for the sake of the state to protect its constitutional rights. “Let us put aside politics and place the interest of Sarawak above all.”

“The Sedition Act is a travesty under the terms for the formation of Malaysia,” said Chong who is also DAP Sarawak Chairman and Kota Sentosa Assemblyman. “The Sarawak Council, predecessor of the Sarawak Assembly, held that the right to secede was implied in MA63.”

He was condemning the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) in Putrajaya for tabling amendments to the Sedition Act on Tuesday.

Chong noted that the new Sedition Act does not allow the right to bail. “You have to stay in the lockup until the whole case is over.

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