Earlier today we wrote about how a man was arrested in Langkawi by the police for allegedly insulting Tun M and Islam. Just moments later, Tun M himself took to Twitter to condemn the action.
Here’s what he said:
Saya tak bersetuju tindakan diambil kepada mereka yang mengkritik saya. Saya sudah maklumkan kepada pihak polis berkenaan ini. Undang-undang ini akan dikaji apabila parlimen bersidang kelak. https://t.co/7g6m0Wq8Sl
— Dr Mahathir Mohamad (@chedetofficial) May 18, 2018
“I do not agree that action should be taken on those who criticise me. I have informed the police on this matter. The laws will be reexamined when parliament convenes,” Tun M said.
Earlier today, Petaling Jaya MP and former Bersih chairperson, Maria Chin Abdullah wrote about the issue on Malaysiakini: “The right to freedom of expression has been stated very clearly in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto and this should be a time where a person’s opinion is respected. The manifesto has also made it clear that this government intends to abolish provisions in acts such as the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 that are oppressive…
“However it is also important to remember that while freedom of expression allows for criticism against the government, insults that are violent and aggressive, such as death threats should not be tolerated. Criticisms can be made but violence is unacceptable.”
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