Improvements to Sedition Act to be tabled at next Parliament sitting, says Najib

KUALA LUMPUR: New provisions to improve and strengthen the Sedition Act will be tabled at the next Parliament sitting, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic).

The Prime Minister called for sternness from the Attorney-General and demanded for the police and Malaysian Communications Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to conduct proper investigations on those charged under the Act.

"I want to tell you that my responsibility is to take care of the peace and well-being of the country. Freedom has its limits. You can't insult Islam, the position of the Malay rulers, the special rights of the Malays, the Royal Malay Regiment and other religions.

"With this Act, our country will be peaceful. I want to bring Malaysia forward," Najib said in his winding-up speech at the Umno general assembly, Saturday.

Najib, who is Umno president, said he had chosen the party's general assembly as the platform to announce the retention of the Sedition Act because he wanted to show the members he had listened to their collective voices.

"I could have chosen to make this announcement in parliament but I knew there was another platform.

"I want Umno members to know that as the president, I'm responsible for all of you and if all of you want the Act to stay, it can stay," he said.