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'Cops must take cognisance of Putrajaya's intent to abolish Sedition Act’

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The police probe on activist lawyer Fadiah Nadwa Fikri for alleged sedition goes against the Pakatan Harapan government's plans to abolish the law, says Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH) coordinator Amir Abd Hadi.

"The police should take cognisance that we are now heading towards the repeal of the Sedition Act 1948, which is considered outdated and against human rights," he said in a statement today.

Amir stated that the sovereignty of the law must be upheld to ensure that freedom of speech is protected, so long as it does not result in bloodshed or violence.

Meanwhile, human rights group Hakam urged the government and the Attorney-General's Chambers to immediately impose a moratorium on any use of the Sedition Act, and Section 233 of the Communications & Multimedia Act 1998, as well as other oppressive laws, until they have been repealed by the Parliament, as promised. 

Fadiah is being investigated for an article she wrote concerning the royal institution.

She is being investigated under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

The article "Don't kiss the hands that beat you," according to Fadiah, pertains to an image of de facto PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim kissing the hand of Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.

In the article, she questions Anwar's move to perpetuate a "feudal culture" at a time when monarchies in many other parts of the world have supposedly been rendered obsolete.

The image of Anwar and the Johor sultan was first shared by the Johor Royal Press Office on Facebook.

Shortly after his release from prison, Anwar had scheduled audiences with several rulers. His meeting with Sultan Ibrahim was reported to have taken place at Istana Pelangi, Johor Bahru on May 22.

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