LAWYERS for Liberty has come out with a press release to say that “No offence was dedicated by creators or guide publishers of ‘Jata Negara artwork -work’.”
It referred to a press release made by the Umno Youth Chief, Dr Asyraf Wajdi, who known as for stern motion to be taken in opposition to these accountable for publishing a guide entitled ‘Rebirth: Reformasi, Resistance, And Hope In New Malaysia’ for the alleged offence claimed to be defacing and insulting the nation’s coat of arms.
“From the outset, we should appropriate the faulty declare that an offence was dedicated.
The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act 1963 solely prohibits the usage of the official coat of arms with out the written
permission of the Minister. It doesn’t prohibit any creative rendition impressed from the nation’s coat of arms such because the one used on the quilt of the guide, which no sane particular person would mistake for the nation’s precise coat of arms.
”The opposite legal guidelines below which the case is being investigated such because the Sedition Act, Part 233 of the CMA 1998 and the Printing Press &
Publication Act 1984 are notoriously oppressive and anti-democratic legal guidelines, which shouldn’t be utilised by the authorities ever once more. These legal guidelines must be urgently repealed within the coming session of Parliament,” the assertion issued by its coordinator Zaid Malek stated.
He additionally identified that the paintings used on the guide cowl will not be new and was even a part of an exhibition in Kuala Lumpur as early as 2014, when an UMNO-led coalition was the federal government of the day.
“It begs the query as to why such paintings is just now thought of offensive and unacceptable?
”This manufactured controversy is an apparent try and strong-arm residents from exercising their freedom of speech. Dr Asyraf Wajdi must be reminded that freedom of expression is a elementary proper protected below the Federal Structure and should not be stifled just because some quarters don’t just like the expression or art-work.
For those who actually respect the regulation, then you will need to adhere to the Structure and never fabricate crimes the place there are none.
There isn’t any cause why the authorities ought to entertain this false outrage and empty controversy any longer,” it stated and concluded that the federal government should uphold the liberty of speech and never bow all the way down to any reactionaries who want to utilise the State for their very own insidious political agenda.