Mahkamah benarkan rayuan Adun PKR cabar Akta Hasutan

Source: FMT News

Dalam keputusan sebulat suara, Mahkamah Rayuan memutuskan Seksyen 3(3) Akta Hasutan tidak sah kerana peruntukannya mengecualikan unsur niat, melanggar Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Pic dari FMT News.

Dalam keputusan sebulat suara, Mahkamah Rayuan memutuskan Seksyen 3(3) Akta Hasutan tidak sah kerana peruntukannya mengecualikan unsur niat, melanggar Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Pic dari FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Mahkamah Rayuan dalam keputusan penting hari ini memutuskan Seksyen 3(3) Akta Hasutan yang menyatakan elemen niat tidak perlu dibuktikan, adalah tidak mengikut perlembagaan.

Dalam membenarkan rayuan saman Adun Sri Muda daripada PKR Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei untuk mengisytiharkan perundangan kolonial itu tidak sah, panel hakim diketuai Datuk Lim Yee Lan dalam keputusan sebulan suara memutuskan Seksyen 3(3) melanggar Artikel 10 Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

“Perintah Mahkamah Tinggi (yang menolak saman asal) diketepikan,” katanya.

Hakim lain dalam panel itu ialah Datuk Varghese George dan Harminder Singh Dhaliwal. Read more

Appeals Court allows PKR rep’s challenge on Sedition Act

Source: FMT News

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal in a landmark decision today ruled that a section in the Sedition Act which states that the element of intention need not be proven, was unconstitutional.

Panel judges led by Justice Lim Yee Lan made the unanimous decision in allowing the appeal by PKR’s Sri Muda assemblyman Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei to challenge the colonial-era legislation.

“The order of the High Court (in dismissing the originating summons) is set aside,” she said. Justices Varghese George and Harminder Singh Dhaliwal were the other judges on the panel.

The court said Section 3(3) of the Act contravened Article 10 of the Federal Constitution. Varghese said under Article 8, all persons are equal before the law.

“We remind ourselves on this point,” he said. “It’s obvious that Section 3(3) creates another ‘regime’ on the element of seditious tendency.” Read more

Lawyer hails landmark sedition ruling as a win for free speech

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Lawyer N. Surendran who represented PKR's Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei in the successful constitutional challenge against a Sedition Act clause, said that the court decision bolsters Malaysians' right to freedom of speech. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the Malay Mail Online.

Lawyer N. Surendran who represented PKR’s Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei in the successful constitutional challenge against a Sedition Act clause, said that the court decision bolsters Malaysians’ right to freedom of speech. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa for the Malay Mail Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 ― The Court of Appeal’s landmark decision today on a provision in the Sedition Act is a “victory” for the protection of free speech in Malaysia, a lawyer said today.

Lawyer N. Surendran, who represented PKR’s Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei in the successful constitutional challenge against a Sedition Act clause, said that the court decision bolsters Malaysians’ right to freedom of speech.

“It’s a great day for freedom of speech for all of us. It upholds and strengthens the right to free speech contained in Article 10 of the Federal Constitution,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted today.

“It’s a victory for freedom of speech and constitutionalism and rule of law,” he added. Read more

Decision on Hadi’s bill on hold

Source: Borneo Post

KUCHING: The state government will await the outcome of the select committee on the amendment of the Syariah Courts Act (Criminal Jurisdiction Act 1965) (Act 355) before making a decision to support or oppose it.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem told a press conference after meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday that the state would not make a decision on the amendment for the time being.

“We are happy that the matter (the amendment of Act 355) will be taken to a committee which will be represented by all parties including the opposition where the matter will be studied.

 

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