It is the first time in recent memory that the academic and staff unions have come together in a show of solidarity.
In clamping down on the likes of Azmi Sharom, student leader Safwan Anang and journalist Susan Loone, the authorities have made a serious miscalculation, resulting in a groundswell of disquiet over the Sedition Act that is rippling across the nation.
This reminds me of how public sentiment swung decisively against the ISA in 2008 after Teresa Kok, RPK and journalist Tan Hoon Cheng were detained without trial under the draconian law.
It was only two years ago, in 2012, that the prime minister pledged to repeal the Sedition Act and have it replaced with – presumably more democratic – national harmony legislation.
This move seemed to be in line with global trends towards greater democracy. In 2007, for instance, New Zealand repealed its sedition law. In the UK, sedition and seditious libel were abolished as common law offences in 2010 (although sedition by foreigners remains).
So when is Najib going to honour his pledge? If not now, then when?