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Sedition Act to be acted upon if call for Sarawak’s secession jeopardises public order

KUCHING: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad informed the Parliament that action will only be taken under the Sedition Act against those who call for Sarawak’s secession from Malaysia if public order and security will be threatened.

The prime minister said this was in line with the government’s policy to promote freedom of speech.

“In line with the government’s policy to promote freedom of speech as per Item 1 of Article 10 in the Federal Constitution, the use of provisions under the Sedition Act will only be utilised in cases where an act of sedition creates a situation that is beyond control that it jeopardises the security and public order,” he said.

Dr Mahathir pointed out that the right to secede from Malaysia was also not suggested for the terms in Malaysia’s formation, as could be seen in the Cobbold Commission Report.

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