19 MAY 2016

I applaud the decision of Sessions judge Ibrahim Osman in George Town today to acquit DAP Tanjung MP Ng Wei Aik

of the charge under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act 1948.

As I have maintained in the past, these sedition charges are politically motivated and calculated to clamp down

on free speech and criticism from civil society and political leaders critical of the government.

The Najib administration must once and for all accept the fact that apart from the constitutional guarantees on

free speech, elected members of Parliament and State Assemblymen are legally and morally obliged to speak up in the name of truth and justice.

Sedition laws are a relic of the colonial past and have no place for a system which prides itself on being a

constitutional democracy where there is due process and the rule of law.