The Federal Constitution of Malaysia is considered as the preeminent law in Malaysia

The Federal Constitution of Malaysia is considered as the preeminent law in Malaysia. It is really framed after the Constitution of the Federation of Malaya. The Constitution of the Federation of Malaya is the establishment of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia today. It is drafted by Reid Commission that headed by Lord William Reid keeping in mind the end goal to figure a constitution for the arrangement of a completely self-overseeing and autonomous Federation of Malaya.

In the long run, the danger of Communist uprising spread through the Malaya all through the post Second World War years and 1950s had influenced the definition of The Constitution of the Federation of Malaya. But, the development of Malay Nationalism had contributed numerous option thoughts on the state of Malayan country that may have brought about molding a legislature that is very not quite the same as the Western nation display. Accordingly, Reid Commission had looked for the perspectives from a few political gatherings, non-political associations and people so as to locate a proper government structure that suits for our nation. The report of Reid Commission was distributed in February 1957. In its report, the Commission recommended that the Constitution ought to secure person’s rights and guarantee a majority rule method for living. Keeping in mind the end goal to accomplish the target of vote based and break even with rights, Reid Commission plan the Constitution by offering essentialness to four crucial highlights in the constitution which are federalism, partition of forces, dug in human rights and protected revision process.

The Reid Commission endeavored to devise the constitution by adjusting the British and Indian protected ideas. The Reid Commission endeavored to strike the harmony between the rights and limitations subsequent to worried about the circumstance of Malaya right then and there. Obviously it is not as simple as we think. The total opportunity on essential freedoms as the constitution at British is not given in the government constitution in Malaysia. This is essentially a direct result of the multi-racial society and the resistance of the comrade amid the age. To remain people in general request, the opportunity that given is confined.

By taking a gander at these highlights, the Reid Commission’s proposals on essential rights were in this way adjusted, and show up as Part P of the Federal Constitution entitled “Basic Liberties”. There are as followings:

Article 5 – Life and Liberty of the Person.

Article 6 – Prohibition of Slavery and constrained work

Article 7 – Protection against review criminal and rehashed trials.

Article 8 – Equality.

Article 9 – Prohibition of Banishment and flexibility of development.

Article 10 – Freedom of discourse, get together and affiliation.

Article 11 – Freedom of religion.

Article 12 – Right to training.

Article 13 – Right to property.

Despite the fact that the federalism and established government ideas are being adjusted, Reid Commission’s report additionally contained the arrangements ensuring uncommon rights for the Malays, for example, quantities in admission to advanced education and the common administration and the official religion of the alliance is Islam. The status of the Malay dialect is likewise being perceived and the privilege to vernacular instruction in Chinese and Tamil would be secured in the report.

As you seen, the Reid Commission looked for the basic individual rights as a fundamental component for a fair nation. For example, the assurances of crucial freedoms of Malaysians in the Federal Constitution can’t be taken away rashly. As in Article 10, each and every thing that we say is ensured by the right to speak freely and articulation inside the points of confinement in the constitution. It enables individuals to express a feeling on any issue uninhibitedly without fearing about result. Clearly the major freedoms that had been given in the Federal Constitution are adjust so as to grasp and safeguard our multi-racial society.


Does the right to speak freely and articulation exist in the present society? This issue has been emerging for more than thousand million times. How would we characterize flexibility? We will examine about this issue completely in this exposition.

2.1 Article 10 Freedom Of Speech, Assembly And Association

In Federal Constitution, Article 10 is a key terms of Part II of the Constitution. It is a piece of the Fundamental Liberties that we had specified some time recently. When all is said in done, Article 10 basically implies the standards, directions and confinements of a Malaysian on the right to speak freely, get together and affiliation. As a subject, we have the privilege to state whatever we need. We likewise have the rights to get together calmly and frame affiliations. Notwithstanding, in Article 10 (2) (a) (b) (c), Constitution had unmistakably expressed that the parliament has the privilege to force confinements on them.

By taking a gander at the Federal Constitution, Malaysians do have the rights to appreciate the right to speak freely and articulation as expressed in the Article 10. Be that as it may, the flexibility is just qualified in term of national security, open request, morals or ethical quality as expressed in Article 10 (2). The opportunity is limited and certain issues like the status of national dialect, Malay’s exceptional rights, the status of Islam as national religion and others that we ought not address as expressed in the Federal Constitution. This implies we have the rights to state whatever we like without breaking the tenets or controls that debilitate the general public and even brings on any open issue or uproar. All in all, the right to speak freely and articulations in Malaysia is not total.

2.2 Acts That Restrict The Freedom Of Speech

Everybody concurs that we do qualifies for certain setting of flexibility. Notwithstanding, there are a few demonstrations of law direct the opportunities allowed by Article 10, for example, the Defamation Act 1957, Sedition Act 1948, the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, Internal Security Act and Police Act 1967.

2.2.1 Defamation Act 1957

The Defamation Act 1957 was instituted to oversee a man from communicates words that may harm someone else’s notoriety according to people in general. It can be criticism or defamation. It is identifying with the malignant harming the notoriety comprises in talking, composing, printing or something else. In the event that the defamatory proclamation is printed or communicated through the media to the outsider, it is considered as slander. Just if the defamatory articulation is in oral, it is criticize. Individuals may tend to think the more terrible of an individual or scorn that individual with the defamatory assertion. The three components of slander must be satisfied keeping in mind the end goal to charge respondent under Defamation Act 1957. To begin with, the announcement influenced must to be defamatory, the announcement must distribute to the outsider and third, it must allude to the offended party himself.

In the instances of slander which suit to test the points of confinement of the right to speak freely in the internet would be the situation of The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd and Ors v Ahirudin receptacle Attan 2 MLJ 814. The offended parties had together started an activity for slander and malevolent double dealing against the respondent by means of High Court, Kuala Lumpur, Civil Suit No S3– 23– 2 of 2007. NSTP had documented a slander suit against Malaysian bloggers Ahirudin Attan. The litigant, Ahirudin began his blog as Rocky’s Bru, basically on news coverage, broad communications and governmental issues in May 2006. NSTP as the offended parties had connected to issue an order from posting defamatory articulations on his blog that the offended parties guarantee are derogatory and were against them. They asserted that the respondent’s blog contains connecting to another blog called “Strolled With Us” where it may identified with the substance of the “Stroll With Us” blog in light of the New Zealand instance of International Telephone Link Pty Ltd v IDG Communications Ltd CP No 344/97. The offended parties have refered to 48 postings under this claim of activity. At long last, the offended parties lose the case. This case had been talked about generally in the web. The greater part of the general population imagine that the activities against Ahirudin or bloggers are not reasonable. Be that as it may, it demonstrates that even in the internet, we don’t generally have supreme the right to speak freely and articulation but then Defamation Act restrains the opportunity.

Other than that, the Defamation Act additionally ensures the person. For instance, on account of MGG Pillai v Tan Sri Dato Vincent Tan Chee Yioun and different Appeals (1995) 2 MLJ 493, the independent writer MGG Pillai, his distributer Media Printext and manager Hassan Hamzah, who were discovered blameworthy of criticism against Vincent Tan. Vincent Tan is a popular and effective representative in Malaysia and universally. He brought an activity against the appellants and different people guaranteeing harms for slander and for connivance to malign. He griped that a progression of articles showing up in a magazine called Malaysian Industry was defamatory. About the third appealing party was its proofreader in-boss, while the main litigant created one of the articles grumbled of.

The second and fourth appellants were the printer and distributer of the Malaysian Industry Magazine. The third and fourth appellants published an expression of remorse, without sending a draft thereof to the respondent’s specialists for endorsement. It was distribute in a later issue of the magazine expressed that “we additionally apologize if the said articles discolored the notoriety of the respondent”. An expression of remorse may lessen the quantum of harms, now and again significantly. Notwithstanding, the statement of regret made had plainly demonstrated that they didn’t have any earnestness in giving expressions of remorse. In conclusion, the court chose in 1994, granted Vincent Tan RM10 million.

For this situation, it demonstrates that the presence of Defamation Act 1957 is to secure an individual being stigmatize. We are given the right to speak freely and articulation yet not to manhandle the privilege to stigmatize others. In this way, Defamation Act 1957 limits the right to speak freely and articulation.

2.2.2 Sedition Act 1948

What does subversion mean in our nation? The rebellion word has been skimming around for these few