Dr M: “Malaysia must define what is insult to royalty”

Source: The star

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that Malaysia must be defining which statements are insulting to the royal institution.

He added: “our enforcement officers do not understand what is considered insult and accordingly we need to specify the sort of actions or words which can be insults”.

He also assured that it should be done before Malaysia practices freedom of speech.

“With this freedom of speech, if you say something is factual, you cannot be prosecuted.

“On the other hand, if we shut the mouths of everyone until people cannot even speak up against acts of crime, then there will be injustice in the country,” said Dr Mahathir at a press conference .

Dr Mahathir said this after 3 people were arrested for insulting Sultan Muhammad V right after he stepped down as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Police arrested two men aged 46 and 27 and a woman aged 26 under the Sedition Act over comments they made on Facebook and Twitter, which they deemed insulting towards the royal institution.

The arrests have drawn criticism from several quarters in the public, who felt it was contradictory to Pakatan Harapan’s promise to abolish the Sedition Act.

Dr Mahathir had earlier chaired the sixth meeting of the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption.

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