After giving police statement, PBK insists advocating Sarawak’s independence not seditious

Voon Lee Shan

KUCHING, April 1: It is neither treason nor sedition to speak about issues relating to freedom and independence for Sarawak, says Parti Bumi Kenyalang president Voon Lee Shan.

The senior legal counsel said this following a visit by the police to his office today for a statement.

He said a police report was made alleging him of committing sedition under the Sedition Act 1948 for talking about Sarawak independence.

“This was not the first time my colleagues in PBK and I were called by the police for investigation about issues concerning Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and independence.

“There is no law in the country to prohibit members of the public to speak about MA63 and independence issues,” he said in a statement today.

Voon said there is even a court ruling dated Oct 31, 2015 saying that Sarawakians have every right to speak against any perceived violation of MA63 and the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report.

He thus disagreed with the authorities’ actions of putting any citizen under detention for discussing independence for Sarawak, unless that person crossed the line.

Reiterating his point, Voon said there is nothing in the Federal Constitution to prevent Sarawak and Sabah to seek exit from the Federation of Malaysia by peaceful and legal means, which PBK has always been supporting. — Dayakdaily