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Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad spoke to the media after launching the book launch of ‘Tun Ismail Ali Paragon of Trust and Intergrity’ at the Sasana Kijang Auditorium in Kuala Lumpur. PIX: NOOR ASREKUZAIREY SALIM / Malaysia Gazette / 8 OCTOBER 2018
Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad spoke to the media after launching the book launch of ‘Tun Ismail Ali Paragon of Trust and Intergrity’ at the Sasana Kijang Auditorium in Kuala Lumpur. PIX: NOOR ASREKUZAIREY SALIM / Malaysia Gazette / 8 OCTOBER 2018

By Mohd Zaini Samsu Hadi

KUALA LUMPUR – The government has yet to fix a suitable timeline to repeal the Sedition Act as promised in the Pakatan Harapan election manifesto.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said, the government may not be able to decide on the right time for that purpose.

“The Sedition Act is still ongoing (however), we need some time to abolish the act. It has to go through the Parliament. Therefore, at the same time, they (police) may still act in accordance to the act.

“I do not want to interfere with that,” he told the media after launching a book entitled, ‘Tun Ismail Ali Paragon of Trust and Integrity’ at Bank Negara Malaysia today.

Also present at the event were his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali and the Governor of Bank Negara, Datuk Noor Shamsiah Yunos.

Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir said that there would be several legal processes one must go through the Attorney-General’s Chamber before abolishing or amending an act.

“Some laws would involve the Constitution and we need a two thirds majority in order to do that. We do not have a two-thirds majority,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette

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