BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)
A new threat looms large over Malaysians. It is the recently-minted 2012 amendment to the Penal Code – a new section 124B. It says that anyone carrying out, by any means, directly or indirectly, any “activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy” can be jailed up to 20 years if convicted.
Several students and activists have been arrested and investigated for offences under this provision. So was an investigation initiated against Ambiga Sreenevasan, the President of the National Human Rights Society – Hakam – founded by our first two prime ministers?
Now MACC officials are also reported to have been hauled up for investigation under this section.
What kind of offence is this “activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy”?
The Penal Code defines it as “an activity carried out by a person or a group of persons designed to overthrow or undermine parliamentary democracy by violent or unconstitutional means.”
But this still does not clarify the kind of acts that ‘undermine parliamentary democracy by unconstitutional means’.
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