Zahid Hamidi: Abolition of Sedition Act may lead to dispute of Federal Constitution

(The Star) – The abolition of the Sedition Act 1948 may lead to the dispute of four core aspects enshrined in the Federal Constitution, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

According to Zahid, the four core aspects are the special rights of Malays, the status of Malay rulers, the status of Islam as the Federal religion and the status of Bahasa Melayu as the national language.

The Home Minister said he wanted the Act retained so that these will not be questioned.

“The Cabinet cannot decide to abolish (the Act) but (it can propose) to amend.

“If the Sedition Act is abolished wholly, (people) will have the rights to touch on these four areas although these are enshrined in the Constitution.

“I will not compromise if there are parties who want to touch on any of these four main aspects of the Constitution.

“Those who do, must be charged under the existing Sedition Act 1964,” said Dr Ahmad Zahid on Sunday after launching the commemoration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking here.