Gov't cannot enforce Sedition Act: Sri Ram

Annabelle Lee

Modified 20 Jan 2018, 3:53 am

The government cannot enforce the Sedition Act 1948 because it is not a law passed by Parliament besides infringing of the rakyat's freedom of expression, contended former Federal Court judge Gopal Sri Ram today.

He said the Federal Constitution, which came into effect on Aug 31, 1957, stipulates in Article 10 (2) that only Parliament may impose on the rights to freedom of speech, expression and assembly as guaranteed under Article 10 (1).

Considering that the Sedition Act 1948 was inherited from the British before Merdeka and that it imposes restrictions on freedom of speech and expression, it cannot be enforced, argued Gopal...

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