People can criticise political leaders, but in a good manner – Saifuddin

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Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah

PUTRAJAYA: Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (MCMM) Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah does not agree with the police action to arrest some people who criticised the Menteri Besar of Kedah and local political leaders.

People can be arrested only if they criticise on issues relating the Malay Rulers, race and religion or on seditious issues, he said.

“As a democratic country, a politician should allow the people to criticise because some people may like or do not like him/her.

“If a politician is not able to reply just be quiet.

“But the people should also criticise in a good manner,” Saifuddin added.

On the question of some law experts writing on the issue of vote of confidence on the Prime Minister and the position of PN Government today in the mainstream media, Saifuddin said, they have given various views on the subject based on the law and the Federal Constitution and this has opened up for interpretations.

“It helps to deepen readers’ knowledge but unlike some extreme political leaders have made statements that are adversarial and had put aside elements of decency,” he reiterated.


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Graduate with a Master of Mass Communication. 10 years working experience in the media and broadcasting.

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