Press statement by Chairman, Gerakan Central Law and Human Rights Bureau Baljit Singh 2 December 2014 Gerakan Central Law and Human Rights Bureau Chairman, Baljit Singh was concerned over a slew of racist statements hauled in the recent UMN

Press statement by

Chairman, Gerakan Central Law and Human Rights Bureau

Baljit Singh

2 December 2014

Gerakan Central Law and Human Rights Bureau Chairman, Baljit Singh was concerned over a slew of racist statements hauled in the recent UMNO General Assembly and the announcement by Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak to retain the Sedition Act with further amendments. He was of the opinion that the chief concern that challenges the continued application of Sedition Act is the perceived presence of selective enforcement and prosecution as there were incidences in the past of such bias tendency that caused public outcry.

Baljit maintained that Gerakan continues to believe in the continuous enhancement of human rights and democracy in Malaysia. He stressed that it is the inalienable responsibility of the government to ensure the presence of a fair and just society. He also reminded that it has always been the onus of the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) and police to exercise enforcement and prosecutorial discretion in a professional and unbiased manner.

“If the sedition act is here to stay then it must be enforced fairly. Parity in enforcement is crucial, but I must say that the widely perceived selective enforcement and prosecution remains a pressing issue that authorities must address urgently, the fair application of the law is prerequisite to the retainment of Sedition Act”

“Justice must prevail and it is now the opportunity for AGC and police to quell complaints of selective enforcement and prosecution by initiating charges against Perkasa’s Ibrahim Ali, UMNO’s Mohd Zaidi, Mashitah Ibrahim and a number of public figures who have made seditious remarks in the past but no actions were taken against them,” said Baljit.

Baljit asserted that authorities must make sincere and determined efforts to restore public confidence. He held strongly that selective enforcement and prosecution is a form of legal abuse that threatens the rule of law which must be discontinued. He also stated that with the consent of AG, Gerakan Central Law and Human Rights Bureau is ready to make legal initiatives if AGC continues to waver on the matter while he also called upon the government to review its decision to retain the unpopular Sedition Act.

 

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