Sedition: Cases and Materials  

Sedition: Cases and Materials

ISBN 978-983-3519-22-4
Author: Hamid Ibrahim & Nasser Hamid
Binding: Softcover/ 402 pages
Publication Price: MYR 170.00
The law is stated as of Jan 15, 2010

“The freedom of the individual, which is so dear to us, has to be balanced with his duty; for, to be sure everyone owes a duty to the society of which he forms part. (p.5) Everyone in the land should be free to think his own thoughts - to have his own opinions, and to give voice to them, in public or in private… and free also to criticise the Government or any party or group of people: Sir Alfred Denning in Freedom under the Law (the Hamlyn Lectures, first series) at page 4”.

The Law of Sedition relates to the uttering of the seditious words, the publication of seditious libels, and conspiracies to do an act for the furtherance of a seditious intention. Sedition, whether by words spoken or written, or by conduct, is a misdemeanour at common law punishable by fine and imprisonment. The Sedition Act 1948 (Revised 1969) Act 15 provides vide Section 4 that any person found guilty of the offence of sedition “shall, on conviction, be liable for a first offence to a fine not exceeding five thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both, and, for a subsequent offence, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; and any seditious publication found in the possession of the person or used in evidence at his trial shall be forfeited and may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of as the court directs”.

Sedition: Cases and Materials is the first local publications to provide all relevant material on the law of sedition in a single volume and is divided into the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Citator
  • Statute Search
  • Casebook
  • Articles & Materials
  • Words & Phrases
  • The Sedition Act 1948 (Revised 1969) Act 15

The CASEBOOK section of this publication provides all major Malaysian authorities on the area of Sedition and further provides the complete citations of all three Malaysian law reports.