Malaysia toughens penalties under controversial sedition law

  • Approving tougher penalties as part of a sedition law, the Malaysian parliament has passed amendments to the controversial law.

    The maximum jail sentence for offences has been extended, and the minimum term is now set at three years.

    According to critics and the opposition, the sedition law is used to muzzle dissent and is open to abuse. According to the UN, more than 70 people have been charged or investigated under the law in Malaysia since the beginning of 2014.

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