‘Sedition Act 1948 cannot be challenged’

(NST) – The Sedition Act 1948 is constitutional and its validity cannot be challenged.

The Federal Court today ruled that the act is a good Act in dismissing an appeal by lawyer P. Uthayakumar against the decision of the Court of Appeal on Feb this year, which had rejected Uthayakumar’s application to declare the Sedition Act unconstitutional.

Uthayakumar, 49, a former Internal Security Act detainee, was charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on Dec 11, 2007, with publishing a seditious letter on the “Police Watch Malaysia” website, dated Nov 15, 2007, addressed to then prime minister of Britain Gordon Brown.

He made the declaratory application (to declare the Sedition Act unconstitutional), in a bid to have the charge against him under the act to be revoked.