KUALA LUMPUR — Dec. 3, 2018: Former national police chief Tun Hanif Omar is in favour of the Sedition Act being retained as it plays a key role in preserving societal harmony and public order.
In this respect, Hanif suggests that all communities, especially leaders, to learn from history the reasons the law was established.
“You can question the implementation (of the act) but you can’t question the law itself. You have to read back and understand Article 153 of the federal Constitution,” he said after the launch of The Mahathir Mohamad Leadership Series organised by the Malaysian Institute of Management today.
Hanif was asked by reporters if it was a good idea to repeal the Act and on how to promote racial unity following the USJ 25 Sri Maha Mariamman Temple rioting early last week.
Since the Pakatan Harapan government took over the federal administration following the elections on May 9, a moratorium was imposed on the Sedition Act, Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Prevention of Crime Act. But as a result of the riots which lasted two nights, the government agreed to withdraw the moratorium.
Hanif also reminded everyone to use the right channels and not to take the law into their own hands as this could disrupt public order.
“The temple issue is a legal issue, please never let hooligans play a role. Just let the courts do their work. Any dissatisfaction refer it to the court and do it legally,” he offered. — Bernama