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COMMENT | Harapan’s blame game on abolishing draconian laws

“The Pakatan Harapan government will also abolish draconian provisions in the Penal Code, especially on peaceful assembly and activities harmful to democracy, Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) 2015.”

– Lim Guan Eng

“Although we may not abolish these laws, we will make changes so that those parts said to be draconian, like (providing for) arrest and detention without trial, will be amended.

– Dr Mahathir Mohamad

"I know that there are no decisions made [regarding Sosma] in the 22 months.”

– Muhyiddin Yassin

COMMENT | One of the things that really angers me, when I see Pakatan Harapan political operatives demonstrate righteous indignation when it comes to oppressive laws that have been hanging over the heads of the rakyat like the sword of Damocles for decades, is that when given the opportunity to abolish those laws they did nothing.

Blaming the Sheraton Move is the dog ate my homework of excuses and merely a cynical attempt to deflect from the obscene fact that Harapan was more than happy to use this issue as a campaign talking point, like M Indira Gandhi, Teoh Beng Hock and the numerous other "crimes of the Umno/BN state", that came in handy when firing up the base but were...

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