The cabinet has decided to suspend the enforcement of the Sedition Act 1948 pending its repeal, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.
“A decision was made by the cabinet yesterday that since we are going to abolish the Sedition Act, action under that act should be suspended temporarily,” he added.
Asked when the suspension would take effect, Gobind said the decision would first need to be communicated to the attorney-general.
“And then, of course, it is up to him to decide what to do next,” he told reporters at the sidelines of the eCommerce and Entrepreneurship Summit in Seri Kembangan this afternoon.
Gobind had on Monday said the attorney-general was already preparing papers to repeal the Sedition Act and these were on track to be tabled at the next parliamentary session.
As such, he had said he would propose a moratorium on the Sedition Act’s enforcement at the next cabinet meeting which took place yesterday.
The pledge came amid criticism from lawyers and civil society groups over the government’s continued use of the law despite its election pledge to repeal it and an apparent lack of commitment to deliver on the promise.