Malaysia’s use of the Sedition Act creates a climate of fear

The Sedition Act in Malaysia was created in 1948 by the British colonial government to stifle pro-independence activities. After independence, use of this Act by the Malaysian government was not widespread because the Internal Security Act (ISA) was the preferred method of silencing critics. After much community pressure, the ISA was scrapped. In response, the government has resorted to the use of the Sedition Act in an increasingly desperate attempt to silence critics and stop anti government organising. This targets workers directly. A march by lawyers against the act is planned for October 16. For more information on the campaign against the Sedition Act, click here.