ADUN SPEAKS | PN should not be oversensitive towards art

Chiong Yoke Kong

Modified 30 Jun 2020, 10:33 pm

ADUN SPEAKS | Recently, Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dasuki urged the government in his Facebook posting to take action and ban the book Rebirth: Reformasi, Resistance, and Hope in New Malaysia, as the book cover featured an image that resembles the Jata Negara and therefore has allegedly insulted the national coat of arms.

Youth wings from Umno, MCA, MIC and PAS soon followed suit to file police reports on the matter. Home Minister Hamzah Zainuddin later ordered the police to carry out an investigation and take stern action immediately.

The police confirmed that the case was being investigated under Section 5 of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) (Amendment) Act 2016, Section 4 (1) of the Sedition Act 1948, Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and Section 8 (1) of the Printing Presses and Publication Act 1984.

I would like to urge the PN government to not overreact to art forms that are not aligned to its views...

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