The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) has expressed regret over the police violation of Parliamentary privileges by invoking the Sedition Act 1948 against lawmakers' speeches made in Parliament or state legislative assemblies.
In a press release today, Suhakam chairperson Hasmy Agam, said the authorities must respect and uphold Parliamentary privileges in order for lawmakers to be allowed to dispense their duties without fear or favour.
"The Commission emphasises that the freedom of speech and expression in Parliament shall not be impeached or become the basis of criminal proceedings.
"It is therefore essential that MPs are guaranteed freedom from criminal prosecution, civil suits or superfluous disciplinary action," said Hasmy.
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