KUALA LUMPUR — Oct. 8, 2018: Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo will call for a moratorium on the Sedition Act at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, while stating that the repeal of the act should take place at the next sitting of Parliament.
“PH (Pakatan Harapan) on track to repeal Sedition Act. AG (Attorney-General) working on it. Just checked again this afternoon,” Gobind said on Twitter today.
He also posted a link to a news article by an online portal that stated lawyers were disappointed with Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s alleged lack of commitment to a moratorium on the act pending its repeal.
The next Parliamentary session is scheduled from October 15 to December 11.
Earlier today Mahathir said the government will not set any timeline to repeal the act, adding that it would take time as it needed to be passed by Parliament.
There have been criticisms that the act has been used by the new government, the latest being the case of Azman Noor Adam, a brother of Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam.
Repealing the controversial act was one of the points in the election manifesto of the Pakatan Harapan coalition. — Bernama