Sign up | Log in



Home  >>   Daily News  >>   Malaysia News  >> Politics  >> Malaysian opposition figures charged with sedition
NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs   30 May 2013  

Malaysian opposition figures charged with sedition

A Malaysian court on Wednesday charged four people with sedition as part of what critics have decried as a crackdown on accusations that the government cheated to win recent elections.

The allegations, repeated in a series of opposition-organised rallies drawing tens of thousands of people around the country, have added pressure on Prime Minister Najib Razak who was already smarting from a disappointing polls win.

The four men charged on Wednesday -- opposition politicians Tian Chua and Tamrin Ghafar, and two activists -- pleaded not guilty in a Kuala Lumpur district court.

Sedition carries a prison term of up to three years.

They were charged with making "seditious" statements by calling for protests against the May 5 elections, Chua's lawyer N Surendran said.

Their comments were made during a post-election public forum.

"It's a completely groundless charge. It seems to be punishing free speech," said Surendran, who is also vice-president of the People's Justice Party headed by Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar had led a three-party opposition against the Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition that has ruled Malaysia since independence in 1957.

"This is part of a wider campaign by the prime minister and the home minister to silence opposition to election fraud," Surendran added.

The opposition has accused Barisan of illegally enlisting immigrant workers as voters and introducing supposedly indelible ink -- meant to prevent multiple voting -- that washed off easily, among other allegations.

Najib has denied any wrongdoing.

The opposition has since launched a broad campaign to portray Najib as an illegitimate ruler and force substantive electoral reforms, including a complete overhaul of an Election Commission it says is biased.

Another student activist was charged last week with sedition. His arrest provoked candlelight vigils by hundreds of people.

Amnesty International and other international groups have condemned the police actions as a crackdown on peaceful expression.

The opposition intends to file election petitions to contest the outcome in 27 parliamentary seats, which it says would have given them control of the government if those constituencies went its way.

Such petitions rarely succeed. The opposition claims courts and the Election Commission are under Barisan's thumb.

Barisan won parliament with a minority of the popular vote -- a contradiction blamed on the coalition creating more parliamentary districts in its rural strongholds over the years.

The result has sparked speculation over whether Najib could face a coalition leadership challenge.

Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below

Today's  Stories    30 May 2013 Subsribe Now !
• The Rule of Law – a Fundamental Feature of ASEAN Since Its Inception Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• President invites Swedish businessmen to invest in Indonesia Asean Affairs Premium
• India to present sapling of holy Bodhi tree to Thailand
• Indian navy warships call on South-East Asia
Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

•Textiles and Garments Industry

•Coffee industry

•Leather and footwear industry

•Shrimp industry

• Malaysian opposition figures charged with sedition
• Australian envoy says Vietnam is an important partner
• Lower registration fees lift car sales
Asean Analysis            30 May 2013 Advertise Your Brand
• Asean Analysis- May 30, 2013
• Asean Analysis- May 29, 2013
After Half a Century, a Myanmar President Visits Washington
• Asean Analysis- May 29, 2013
"You don’t live twice: can Spain deliver a Bollywood happy ending?"
Sponsor Our Events
Asean Stock Watch     29 May 2013
• Asean Stock Watch-May 29, 2013  

ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

 • Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent
• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore • Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline • Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More






1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

Our Products | Work with us | Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Shipping/Delivery Policy | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2007-2015 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand