PUTRAJAYA: The Attorney General Chamber is urged not to consider prosecuting Umno Supreme Council member Lokman Noor Adam’s brother Azman Noor Adam for insulting Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law) Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the case should not see the light of the day as Tun Mahathir is not offended by whatever statements made against him.
“It reflects how magnanimous our Prime Minister is.”
“As leaders of the country and government ministers, we’re subject to ridicules and criticisms by members of the public.”
“The only caution is that any statement made against a political leader must not be defamatory as the law provides for recourse for legal action to be taken against the defamer,” he said when contacted by the media here, today.
“In fact the law applies to everyone who has been defamed to take legal action,” he added.
Liew said this in response to the recent detention of Azman after he had allegedly spread social media images which insulted Mahathir.
Previously, Mahathir had also expressed his disagreement towards the action taken against Lokman’s brother.
“It should not have happened because I don’t think it is going to affect me in any way,” he said.
Liew went on saying Deputy Home Minister Mohd Azis Jamman is not too incorrect in his statement as the Sedition Act has not been repealed yet.
Earlier, Azis who is also Warisan’s Sepanggar Member of Parliament (MP) said his earlier statement in regard to the issue does not mean he agrees with retaining the Act.
Liew said at this moment, the process of repealing the Act is going through the committee stages of the relevant ministries, and the cabinet paper will be submitted to the Cabinet soon for consideration.
“There’re provisions in the existing Act that safeguard the Ruler of the Country namely the Yang Di Pertuan Agong from all forms of seditious attacks.
“As our Constitutional Monarch, we must respect and remain loyal to our King as enshrined in our Rukun Negara,” he said.-SabahNewsToday