The opposition parties are very busy complaining about everything that they can think of instead of working to solve the problems in Selangor, Penang and Kelantan.
Now they and some human rights activists are fighting for a total freedom of speech because they want to be free to say everything they wish, including matters related to sensitive issues such as the Federal Constitution, the Royal Institution and others.
And lots of human rights activists do not respect the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
They use Article 10 of the Federal Constitution as the reason why they are free to say anything they wish; claiming that Article 10 Clause 1 (a) granted them total freedom of speech’.
Article 10 Clause 1 (a) says:
“every citizen has the right to freedom of speech and expression”
Is it true that the Article 10 of the Federal Constitution gives us a total freedom of speech?
No, because Article 10 of the Federal Constitution says:
“10. (1) Subject to Clauses (2), (3) and (4)— (a) every citizen has the right to freedom of speech and expression;”
That means Article 10 (1) of the Federal Constitution is subjected to Clauses (2), (3) and (4).
And Clause 2 (a) of the Article 10 says:
“Parliament may by law impose— on the rights conferred by paragraph (a) of Clause (1), suchrestrictions as it deems necessary or expedient in the interest of the security of the Federation or any part thereof, friendly relations with other countries, public order or morality and restrictions designed to protect the privileges of Parliament or of any Legislative Assembly or to provide against contempt of court, defamation, or incitement to any offence;”
So, the oppositions and human rights activists who support them, only use Article 10 (1) (a) andpurposely ignoreArticle 10 (1) which says that the article is subjected to Clauses (2), (3) and (4).
That means, they just skipped the part of the article that says there are restrictions to freedom of speech.
That is wrong because we cannot use only a part of an article of the Federal Constitution and skip the rest of the article as we wish.