Saturday, September 06, 2014

Why Najib can't amend/abolish the Sedition Act, unilaterally

Will the Rulers agree?
Consent of the Malay Rulers needed. The prolific blogger SatD hasn't been less so even though his postings have been few and far between. Just read his first posting since June Sedition R Us: A word of caution to Ghar: 
"The thing is our Sedition Act is enacted from clause 10 (4), and any changes to it will require the "Consent of the Conference of Rulers" 
Article 159 (5)
(5) A law making an amendment to Clause (4) of Article 10, any law passed thereunder, the provisions of part iii, Article 38, Clause (4) of Article 63, Article 70, Clause (1) of Article 71, Clause (4) of Article 72, Article 152, or 153 or to this Clause shall not be passed without the consent of the Conference of Rulers."
As I understand it, it's SatD's word of caution not just meant for the 112 NGOs (mostly unregistered but of course) that are clamouring for the Sedition Act to be removed sans replacement BUT, more importantly, ALSO a reminder to the Prime Minister and his Attorney-General Gani Patail to observe the proper democratic process involved ...

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