Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced the repeal of the Sedition Act 1948 tonight, in his latest move to regain the momentum for reforms ahead of elections that must be held soon.
He said the 64-year-old law would be replaced with a National Harmony Act.
"With this new Act, we would be better equipped to manage our national fault lines.
"It will also help to strengthen national cohesion by protecting national unity and nurturing religious harmony," he was quoted as saying by The Star during the Attorney-General Department's dinner here.
My first thought went to George Orwell's 1984; Ministry of Love.
"It is a ministry that tortures citizens under the guise of love. The Ministry of Love enforces loyalty and love of Big Brother through fear, a repressive apparatus, and brainwashing. The Ministry of Love, like the other ministries, is paradoxically named, since it is largely responsible for the practice and infliction of misery, fear, suffering, and torture. In a sense, however, the term is accurate, since its ultimate purpose is to instill love of Big Brother in the minds of thoughtcriminals." - Wikipedia (because I'm too lazy at this hour)
Though, I doubt Malaysian politicians would be as sophisticated to effectively enforce that, but in the eyes of some folks, it would be deceiving enough to allow the same policies under the pleasant, positive purpose of 'harmony'. If it is the same policies la.
For now, waiting for more details about this new Harmony Act. And to read pro-gov blogs on it :).