‘Don’t be hasty in using Sedition Act’


“Just because something happens and went viral through social media doesn’t mean you have to charge a person for it.” 

Umno’s Saifuddin Abdullah urges the authorities to be thorough in their investigation before using the Sedition Act.

Umno’s Saifuddin Abdullah has urged the government to refrain from “being too hasty” in using the Sedition Act 1948 when charging an accused person.

The former Temerloh MP was responding to the recent controversial video of dog trainer Maznah Mohd Yusof, better known as Chetz, bathing her dogs and wishing viewers Selamat Hari Raya.

Last week, police arrested Maznah under Section 298A of the Penal Code as well as the Sedition Act after her video resurfaced online on Wednesday.

“In Malaysia, we are always rushing to use certain laws. To me, you should take a closer look. Is this deviant behaviour or is this really seditious material,” Saifuddin told FMT in an exclusive interview.

“Why always so hasty to use certain laws?” he asked.

Saifuddin admitted that he was not an “expert” and therefore could not comment if Maznah’s actions are considered deviant or seditious.

“We are always rushing to use (certain) laws. I don’t think developed nations think that way,” he said.

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