‘Black day’ for free speech as Malaysia amends sedition law; using ‘protecting Islam’ as excuse

Anti-Obama protesters gather outside the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur on April 18, 2014. Obama was said to be an “enemy of Islam.” Source.

Malaysia’s parliament Friday approved tougher penalties for sedition in a move criticised by the United Nations and described by the opposition as “a black day” for democracy and free expression.

Prime Minister Najib Razak defended the amendments — which extend the maximum jail term to 20 years from three years and establish a minimum three-year jail term for certain cases — as essential to maintaining stability.

But rights groups said the revised act could be used to censor the Internet by making it illegal to propagate sedition online, and the hazy definition of “sedition” remains open to abuse by the government…

…The changes come as Najib is facing mounting calls for him to step down after a slew of corruption scandals and a crackdown on civil liberties since the ruling government saw voter support slide in Malaysia’s last election.

Opponents of the Muslim-controlled government say it is increasingly falling back on “protecting Islam” as an argument to curb speech by members of the religiously diverse opposition…

  • Surele Surele

    Regardless of anything else: why they look to USA for help when they are in trouble, and scream ‘isolationism’ when the help doesn’t come right away?

    • Malaysia is becoming more Islamic, let them be on their way, it will destroy them from within.

      • Surele Surele


      • ntt1

        where do you think the muslim uprising in southern Thailand is nurtured from?

  • ntt1

    our bill c-51 has a very hazy description of sedition too, in the hands of progressives it will be used to kill dissenting views and blogs

    • Frau Katze

      Yep. No question.

    • FactsWillOut

      To suggest that Harper and the CPC are not fully aware of this fact is the height of folly.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    it’s been many years since I’ve held a favorable opinion of Malaysia, so I am not disappointed.

  • simus1

    The present ruling Malaysian muslim party has always been in power.
    If the sharia loving yokel population wants the Chinese to be given a harder shakedown, there is no need to replace it with the muslim crazies party to achieve that goal.

  • Xavier

    So can I imitate the Moslems and carry a sign that says “You are not welcome in our lands”?

    • AlanUK

      My thought exactly!