Saturday, October 18, 2014

Brave Lawyers Protest Against Sedition Act


For the fourth time in its history, the brave Malaysian Bar on Thursday rallied, this time, against the Sedition Act 1948 demanding that Putrajaya repeal the colonial-era law, which had been lavishly used against opposition politicians and activists. Numbers ranged from six hundred to nearly a thousand.
Among the prominent personalities present are Bar Council president Christopher Leong, former Bersih co-chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan, Parti Sosialis Malaysia secretary-general S Arulchelvan and opposition parliamentarians Teo Nie Ching, Nga Kor Ming, and Gobind Singh Deo. As well as reps from the journalist’s group Gerakan Media Marah (Geramm) are also present at the protest.
Spotted was one particularly good-humored placard that read: “Bloody hell it’s hot. Abolish the Sedition Act and let’s go for ice cream.”
Bar Council president Christopher Leong called for more open-mindedness among Malaysians.
"We believe in robust debate, diversity of opinion as well as freedom of speech and expression that will ultimately inculcate and maintain true and enduring peace, harmony, unity and mutual respect amongst Malaysians," he said.

Leong added that the use of the Act was counter-productive to these values. I agree. The Act undermines the aspirations of every right-thinking Malaysian. Except for the idiots who are for the Act and paid to create mayhem.

The government may be under mounting pressure to do away with this piece of legislation but UMNO fascists like Tanjong Karang MP Noh Omar had on Monday advocated that the government treat sedition suspects as guilty until proven innocent!
On Friday, squash queen Nicol David who is eyeing a record third successive title in the $115,000 US Open tournament demonstrated her superiority to defeat Egypt’s Raneem El Welily 11-3, 15-13, 6-11, 11-7.
Standing in David’s path will be yet another Egyptian – 18-year-old sensation Nour El Sherbini.

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