Hornbill Unleashed

October 6, 2017

Revised National Harmony Bill proposes counselling for hate speech

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said the draft National Harmony Bill would include counselling for offenders who make hate speech. — Picture by Saw Siow FengThe government is redrafting the National Harmony Bill to include counselling for offenders who make hate speech, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said today.

The minister in charge of national unity said that his department was not shelving the Bill, but it was in the process of redrafting the bill after three previous recommended drafts were rejected by the government.

“We have to put national unity in mind and provide counselling for those who were making discriminatory speech.

“They can still be corrected. If they commit an act against the law however, they will still be dealt by different bodies. Our function is to foster national unity, not punish,” he said.

Kurup said the previous three drafts were rejected because some provisions contradicted the Federal Constitution.

He said that he would push for the Bill to be finalised as soon as possible, hopefully by the coming parliamentary meeting, if the Cabinet approved it.

“We have to do it, just need to approach it a different way,” he said to reporters after officiating an interfaith dialogue at Universiti Malaysia Sabah here today.

Recently, calls were made by civil groups to revive the National Harmony and Reconciliation Bill, which has been in the offing for several years.

The Bills were previously proposed in the national unity blueprint by the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) to curb discrimination and extremism.

The call came in the wake of reports of a Muslim-only laundry in Muar, Johor, which went viral recently.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by JULIA CHAN


 

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7 Comments »

  1. It’s about time our Muslim brethren wakes up and starts to query the way Islam is being taught to them and their children in schools and mosques plus also the way the corrupt government is using Islam as a pretext to keep them under control through religious and moral policing, etc.

    Comment by Majidi — October 10, 2017 @ 1:00 PM | Reply

    • The Malay Rulers have endorsed the Johor Sultan and Perlis Raja Muda’s decision to forbid Muslim-only launderettes in their respective states, lauding the two monarchs for upholding moderation and inclusiveness.

      “The Rulers greatly appreciate the strong stance of His Majesty the Sultan of Johor in forbidding the ‘Muslim-only laundry’ in the state of Johor, as well as the stance taken by His Royal Highness the Raja Muda of Perlis in a similar case in the State of Perlis,” said a statement issued today and signed by the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Syed Danial Syed Ahmad.

      The rulers said the Johor Sultan and Perlis Raja Musa’s stance had demonstrated their commitment to “ensure Muslims behave with respect, moderation and inclusiveness” in a country that is home to people of diverse faiths and ethnic groups.

      Comment by limpehkong — October 10, 2017 @ 6:48 PM | Reply

  2. UMNO information chief Annuar Musa’s remarks on working with PAS to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 is nothing but a bait for the Islamist party, said a PKR leader.

    PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said this was because in reality, Umno was not serious about pushing for the amendment, which would give shariah courts the power to mete out heavier penalties.

    “Of all the Umno leaders, the only one who seems to be truly serious about PAS-Umno cooperation is Annuar. He shows a lot of interest in this matter.

    “He is a veteran leader who understands the PAS psychology, so he plays up the RUU355 issue. But Umno’s position in this matter is not to push it,”

    Comment by Hattan — October 9, 2017 @ 2:39 PM | Reply

  3. Can this idiotic balls licking minister tell us if the following speech is a hate speech and seditious ? Najib said, ” The Chinese will be the target if there is no peace “.

    Comment by Simon Abbey — October 8, 2017 @ 6:24 PM | Reply

  4. Execute and implement fairly to all then all will respect and accept.

    Comment by Farmer — October 7, 2017 @ 9:15 PM | Reply

  5. The BN government loves doing big and flashy events that superficially show its political prowess.

    However, what we don’t know is the amount of the rakyat’s money being spent to promote all the campaigns and related events that are being carried out nationwide.

    Semi-political campaigns such as “1Malaysia”, “Janji Ditepati”, “I Love PM”, “Negaraku” and the newest edition “1Malaysia Negaraku” do not really fit into the patriotic category, as all of them are basically BN’s way of showing the rakyat that they are still relevant.

    Of course, most Malaysians can see clearly through BN’s façade, but the fact of the matter remains that money is needed to fund all of these campaigns.

    In the current economic situation where the rakyat is burdened with GST, unstable petrol and diesel prices and the ever-increasing cost of living, it seems that the government is happily spending money to promote campaigns that would not benefit any Malaysian.

    Comment by MIB — October 6, 2017 @ 7:50 PM | Reply

  6. The government of the day should be solely responsible and accountable for hate speech that are religious and racial in nature. However, the government of the day and government agencies cannot build a protective wall to prevent Malaysians from criticising the government and agencies for bad governance, malfeasance and corruption.

    Comment by Sabri Yaman — October 6, 2017 @ 7:22 PM | Reply


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