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The Tension Between Freedom of Speech and National Security in Malaysia

   

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RUNNING HEAD: FREEDOM OF SPEECH1Abstract ..................................................................................................................................................................Introduction ......................................................................................................................................................Democracy In Malaysia ....................................................................................................................................Freedom Of Speech In The United Kingdom ...........................................................................Comparison of Freedom Of Speech In Malaysia and The United Kingdom ....................................Conclusion..............................................................................................................................................References.................................................................................................................................................
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FREEDOM OF SPEECH2ABSTRACTThis report speaks about the freedom of speech in Malaysia. We all are acquainted with the recent news of Malaysia related to riots and protests on limiting their freedom of expression in the country. Here we will discuss Malaysia’s past experiences of freedom of speech and executing rules and regulations. We will also talk about the problems Malaysia has come throughall the way. The topic is discussed in detail along with examples of recent scenarios, which have transpired in the country. The freedom of speech in Malaysia will also be compared to that of theUnited Kingdom.
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FREEDOM OF SPEECH3INTRODUCTIONThis article talks about the freedom of speech in Malaysia. Recent incidents in the country have not given a positive impact to the world about their freedom to express in the country(example of one incident). The constitution of Malaysia officially has given the statementthat people of the country have a right to speak and express themselves on any matter and form trade unions based on like professions. But, on the other hand, it also restricts the limits of their rights under the Section 2(WHAT IS SECTION 2). As per the constitution, this is for the interestand safety of the national security and also for bringing a sense of respect to the government.The constitution as well as the other Laws has a provision and rights to seek and punish the ones who are found to be misbehaving with the freedom that they have got. They also have a right to punish the ones who are found exceeding their rights and taking the government for granted. Basically, the government doesn’t support people speaking up on controversial issues that are related to the special favors and rights offered to the native people of Malaysia.It is often stated that Malaysia is a multiracial society. There are often conflicts between races, and the country requires laws, which stop the spread of racial prejudice and bigotry of religious views. This is why the constitution prohibits public speeches that advocate or talk aboutforcibly causing the downfall of the Malaysian federation. There, in Malaysia, political speech is not prohibited in the country but has its limits. These speeches must be circumscribed by the limits of racial harmony and national stability.The question is- IS THIS DEMOCRACY, REALLY DEMOCRACY?
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FREEDOM OF SPEECH4DEMOCRACY ALA MALAYSIAThese words “democracy ala Malaysia” mean “the democracy according to the needs of government”. This statement was raised by the Barisan national government stating that the country obviously has to maintain harmony in racial, political and social ways and increase stability and security but this must not be done by compromising with the state and its definition of democracy.Democracy means, a person has the right to express himself or herself as per his or her thoughts and views. By limitations of this freedom of speech, the government cannot reach to its highest level. Being overzealous about the system and democracy is not a good option for the future of the country and its people.Going back to the records, here is a case that happened in October 2003.Mahathir Mohammad, prime minister of Malaysia at that time claimed that too much freedom of speech and democracy could lead to anarchy and the destruction of the multiracial society of Malaysia. He used his power for the detention of a terrorist suspect and also banned the communist party from taking part in the elections. Elections are a major part of democracy and it gives a sense of harmony amongst the citizens as well the authorities.The power holders in Malaysia have forgotten the real meaning of democracy in the urge to respect federation and the constitution.The Prime Minister’s words on the social platform meant(which social platform), that, if a person or a group of people are trying to incite a race or a riot, he is actually going against
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