|New law 'proof govt kept its word'|
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by ROSHIDI ABU SAMAH
REAL CHANGE: Replacing Sedition Act with National Harmony Act is a bold step, says DPM
SELAMA: THE drafting of the bill for the new National Harmony Act, which will replace the Sedition Act 1948, is now in its final stage and will be tabled at the next Parliament session in September, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday.
He said abolishing the Sedition Act 1948 and replacing it with the new act was another proof that the government had kept its promise of bringing about national transformation not only in the socio-economic sector, but also political.
The government, he said, was concerned about development and changes in society and wanted a system that was more transparent and in tandem with democratic practices and demands for basic human rights.
"We don't just talk or make announcements, we act.
"This is a bold step to meet the needs and aspirations of the people.
"The opposition probably did not expect that the government will do this.
"I hope the community will be able to assess the government's determination to implement the transformation programmes that have been promised," he said after opening the mini rural transformation centre in Kampung Sungai Siputeh here yesterday.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who announced the decision on Wednesday, said it would ensure the best balance between the need to guarantee freedom of speech for every citizen and to handle the complexity of the plural society in the country.
Earlier, Muhyiddin said there were 237 mini rural transformation centres throughout the country which were developed by the Rural and Regional Development Ministry and these had greatly benefitted the rural population.
He said some of the centres would be upgraded to provide better service to the rural community.
"We believe through these rural transformation centres, rural communities will be able to increase their income and the employment opportunities created by such centres will help them improve their standard of living further."
Also present were Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
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