The case of Azmi Sharom vs the Federal Court is a battle to save a basic right for all Malaysians. But has it been lost already?
The verdict was delivered on the same week that Dr Azmi Sharom was scheduled to speak at the Nusantara Forum in Penang on October 10, which was jointly organised by Penang Institute and Gerakbudaya. The Federal Court upheld the constitutionality of the Sedition Act, which means that Azmi will have to stand trial later in the month for an allegedly seditious remark.
But that’s not all. That decision also has a larger implication on freedom of expression in Malaysia and affects more than 30 other politicians, activists and ordinary citizens whose cases under the Sedition Act were postponed while the constitutionality of the Sedition Act was being challenged by Azmi and his lawyers.
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