Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Sedition Act can be applied, PM warns MPs

Sedition Act can be applied, PM warns MPs

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi reminded MPs yesterday not to debate issues touching on racial sensitivity in the Dewan Rakyat as the Sedition Act could be enforced in the august house.

“They must ensure that the debate is of quality and, at the same time, remember that issues that can raise racial sensitivity, issues that breach the Sedition Act must be avoided,” he said after a meeting with Barisan Nasional (BN) members of the Dewan Negara, Dewan Rakyat and the state legislative assemblies at Dewan Tun Hussein Onn, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), here yesterday.

“This is because the Sedition Act can be enforced in the Dewan Rakyat. In other words, the Sedition Act is also applicable in the Dewan Rakyat. They are not free to talk on anything thatbreaches the Act.” Abdullah said such issues should be avoided as they could create tension and problems, Bernama reported. He also advised MPs to understand the issues at hand as well as the Standing Orders so that the debates would be effective.“If you don’t know and speak wrongly (in the debate), then there is no meaning, it gives no signifi cance at all.

They (MPs) must be firm and confident to come up with good debates,” he said. On the handful of MPs who used coarse language, he said such words would not have been uttered if they truly understood the Standing Orders.

“Those who utter such words are also admonished by the speaker. Don’t speak as you like, waiting for the speaker to reprimand, don’t speak on matters that will invite a reprimand from the speaker,” he said. “Such words cannot be used in Parliament. It is unparliamentary. That’s why I said they should read the Standing Orders.”

In previous Parliament sessions, MPs have uttered sensitive remarks like calling on certain communities to leave the country if they did not like it here.

seals: If the MP cant talk matters openly even in Dewan Rakyat, where sensitive matters can be discussed. I am sure this will give allowance to the BN to use this act to stop the Opposition to bring up matters in Parliament

In many cases that we have seen it is the BN MP who call names (like monyet) and use language like (bocor setiap bulan) and the speaker will not speak at that time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBGQADED_Mw (You Tak Suka, You Keluar Dari Malaysia)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArddcjZ9MPk (Parlimen Malaysia - Kayveas Monkey Business - Part 1/2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqnw-q93wyc&feature=related (Two Sexist BN MPs- "Batu Gajah MP tiap-tiap bulan pun bocor")

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iCgZohPSI8&feature=related (Bohong and Bodoh! Nazri shouted "Stupid!" at Kit Siang)

The BN MP's should be given a SO course.

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