PM Najib Razak makes sedition pledge 

(TMI) – “We have shown an awful lot of latitude to people who protest against the government,” he said, “but people cannot say something that will undermine the stability of our country.”

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he will honour a pledge to abolish the Sedition Act following a hotly contested election in May.

“We will amend the act but we want to keep Malaysia peaceful and harmonious,” Najib told BBC World News yesterday in London.

He said that the law was only used against those who undermined stability.

Najib had promised to repeal the Sedition Act (1948) last year, along with other security legislation that dates from the British colonial era.

The Malaysian opposition says that the prime minister has used the sedition law to make needless arrests. It says the continuing delay in repealing it proves that Najib is not an “honourable man”.

In his BBC interview, Najib accused the opposition of being “populist and irresponsible” during the election which saw big losses for the ruling coalition in urban areas.

He said that his government had repealed the Internal Security Act – which correspondents say has often used to detain anti-government activists – in addition to bringing an end to detentions without trial.

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