PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – The police have welcomed the government’s decision to maintain the Sedition Act 1948 as was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said it was the right move in efforts to curb the action of certain quarters who openly abused the freedom of speech.
“I greatly welcome it in the current situation where the freedom to speak, freedom of speech and freedom to write all kinds of matters have been widely abused.
“…and the Sedition Act is a law that is suitable to address this situation,” he told a media conference after officiating the police Government Green Procurement Implementation seminar.
He was commenting on the announcement by Najib, who is also Umno President, that the Sedition Act 1948 would be maintained with proposed amendments to include two special provisions to further strengthen the act when delivering his policy speech at the Umno General Assembly 2014 at the Putra World Trade Centre here today.
Khalid said the act, which was in use all this while, had its own strength and would become better if it was streamlined and improved.