Tag Archives: Sedition Act

BERTHA HENSON: MDA’S MOVE AGAINST TRS IS A LEGAL MESS

I was a little puzzled by the Media Development Authority’s order to The Real Singapore to shut down. Not that I would miss TRS. I am puzzled at the way the law and media regulations look like a badly sewn patchwork. The kindest thing I can say about the G’s move is that it is still wondering how to handle the wacky online world.

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MALAYSIA PM NAJIB INSISTS WILL REPEAL SEDITION ACT

Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday renewed his pledge to do away with the criticised Sedition Act, even as authorities continue to wield the colonial era law against opposition members and activists. “We have shown an awful lot of latitude to people who protest against the government, but people cannot say something that will undermine the stability of our country,” Najib told BBC World News yesterday. “We will amend the act but we want to keep Malaysia peaceful and harmonious,” he added.

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THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE REAL SINGAPORE?

Two people were arrested for posting remarks online that could promote ill will and hostility among the different races in Singapore. The article was posted on Feb 4 on sociopolitical website, The Real Singapore. It is believed three people are behind The Real Singapore (TRS) website and social media sites.

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MALAYSIA: SEDITION ACT WIELDED TO SILENCE OPPOSITION

The Malaysian government should cease using the country’s sedition law to arbitrarily arrest opposition lawmakers, activists, and critical academics, Human Rights Watch said today. Since 2013, at least 14 people have been charged under the Sedition Act 1948 for criticizing the government or government officials. Those found guilty face up to five years in prison and a fine of RM 5,000 (US$1,600).

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OWNERS OF SOCIOPOLITICAL WEBSITE THE REAL SINGAPORE ARRESTED UNDER SEDITION ACT

Two of the three people behind The Real Singapore (TRS), a socio-political website, have been arrested. This follows a Feb 4 article where the duo are said to have embellished an article posted by a witness of an incident during the recent Thaipusam festival. The TRS article had claimed a Filipino family had sparked an exchange which led to three Singaporean men being arrested on Feb 3. But no Filipino family was involved.

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