Stop meddling in Malaysia's internal affairs, minister tells US

Stop meddling in Malaysia's internal affairs, minister tells US
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar rebutted allegations that refugees at Immigration detention centres were being forced to strip naked.

KUCHING - The United States should not meddle in the issue of the Sedition Act, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

"We don't interfere in what America does, so we ask the US Embassy not to interfere in our internal affairs," he said after opening a Goods and Services Tax (GST) awareness seminar here yesterday.

Wan Junaidi said Malaysia was doing its best to defend the country, according to its laws and democratic practices. He was commenting on reports that the US Embassy was concerned with Malaysia's use of sedition laws.

In a statement on Friday, the embassy urged the Government to "apply the rule of law fairly, transparently, and apolitically in order to promote confidence in Malay­sia's democracy, judiciary, and economy".

Wan Junaidi said the due process of law was implemented fully in Malaysia, including with regard to the use of the Sedition Act.

"The police carry out investigations and submit their papers to the Attorney-General, who will charge the suspects if there is sufficient evidence," he said.

Wan Junaidi said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was not dragging his feet on repealing the Act but he had to consider feedback from all sides.

"The Government has issued a statement that it will eventually repeal the Sedition Act and replace it with the National Harmony Act. Only when the new Act is passed in Parliament can the Sedition Act be abolished," he said.

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