108 BN vs 79 PR..AH pindaan ini dibaca peringkat JKuasa setelah PR kalah dlm undian.
— Mujahid Yusof Rawa (@mparitbuntar) April 9, 2015
MPs in attendance: BN 80.5% – PR 91.8%
— Fahmi Fadzil (@fahmi_fadzil) April 9, 2015
1800: The UN has stepped into the picture. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has just urged the Malaysian government to withdraw its proposed amendments to the Sedition Act.
1320: The debate is scheduled to begin at 2.30pm. Watch the live TV streaming. Let’s see which of our MPs are prepared to trample over Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
Noon: About a dozen smartly attired young activists have turned up in Parliament to distribute leaflets to the MPs.
Apparently, the amendment to deny bail has now been removed. From what I hear, the minimum sentence under Sec 4 (1) has been reduced from five years’ imprisonment to three years. But passports can still be taken away, intention is irrelevant, and propagation is now an offence (meaning it could be an offence even to retweet contentious stuff). So all in all, the bill is still bad.
Today's amendments to the proposed amendments to the Seditions Act… pic.twitter.com/qR4LPOTAmW
— Ong Kian Ming (@imokman) April 9, 2015
Earlier this morning:
The Sedition Act amendments are expected to be tabled in Parliament at 11.30am.
In the case of Pota, Malaysians were dismayed to learn that 79 BN MPs actually voted in favour of detention without trial, which is a serious violation of the basic right to a fair trial, enshrined in the Universal Declation of Human Rights. And 26 Pakatan MPs were missing from Parliament.
Please don’t betray us a second time. Vote against the Sedition Act amendments. There is no reason to remove bail. There is no reason to specify a minimum jail term of three years. In fact, the entire Sedition Act, a colonial era relic, should be repealed and tossed into the dustbin of history – which is what Najib had solemnly pledged to do, if you need reminding.
This was the outcome of a poll on my blog in December 2014:
A notice has gone out to all PKR MPs to make sure they are in Parliament when the bill is tabled. If you are an MP, make sure you turn up and vote against the Bill. Malaysians will be scrutinising how each of you voted. They will not look kindly on missing MPs, unless they are seriously ill or have an emergency to attend to.
Having tasted the fruit of democracy and the right to freedom of expression, Malaysians are not going to surrender such a basic right so easily. We will continue to campaign until detention without trial is abolished and other basic rights are restored and protected.
MPs who are not on the side of the rakyat and instead support repressive laws must be voted out.