Is The Citizen’s Declaration Online Campaign Seditious?
KUALA LUMPUR: An lawyer confirmed that the activist Azrul Mohd Khalib who started the online signature campaign for the Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad-led Citizens’ Declaration initiative is now being investigated for sedition.
Melissa Sasidaran said Azrul is being investigated under Section 4 of the Sedition Act, which covers a variety of sedition crimes, but added that the police have yet to specify the exact offence the activist had allegedly committed.
Azrul went to the Petaling Jaya police station around 2pm today and was questioned by the police for about an hour.
He initiated the www.change.org online petition in support of the Citizens’ Declaration that has garnered a total of 51,006 signatures at the time of writing.
The Citizens' Declaration was started by former prime minister Dr Mahathir to call for Najib's resignation over various scandals surrounding his administration.
Is it seditious to start an online petition in support of this declaration? Perhaps the question will only be answered in a court of law.
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