The POTA and Sedition Act issue is a deja vu of Malaysia in 2007


Lawyers against the Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011

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We have been making progress (however little and slow) in the department of freedom of speech and expression in Malaysia over the years. Then, the government had to reverse all that with the new POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) and amendment of the Sedition Act (which was suppose to be abolished, by the way).

I remember back in 2007 when two bloggers, Jeff Ooi (who is now a DAP member and the MP of Jelutong) and Rocky Bru AKA Datuk Ahirudin Attan, were bullied and hauled up to court for blogging their thoughts and opinions.

I was young, energetic and full of idealism then. I even went to court with them and made several video stories on the issue.

 

 

Listen to The Fat Bidin Podcast where we discuss POTA and the Sedition Act:

Read several of my columns regarding POTA and the Sedition Act:
Do MPs vote according to their consciences? (The Malaysian Insider)
Give us affordable Internet but take away our freedom to use it (The Malaysian Insider)
Should we be worried about POTA? (Astro AWANI)

 

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