Malaysia’s PM Najib Razak on Section 114A – “Whatever we do we must put people first”

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In the midst of Malaysia’s Internet Blackout in support of #Stop114A, a campaign to call for a repeal of Section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak quoted via Twitter today, “I have asked Cabinet to discuss Section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950.”

The Malaysian premiere continued, “We must always put people first.”

There has been a flurry of support for the #Stop114A campaign, with big content sites such as BFM, Malaysiakini, Digital News Asia and even blog sites like Amanz.my and MalaysianWireless joining the fray.

The 24-hour Internet Blackout kicked off at 12.00am, August 14 2012.

Participating sites integrate a pop-up that overlays the site with a modal window.

Twitter profile pictures carry a custom #Stop114A image courtesy of Twibbon.

Facebook has been flooded with custom profile pictures and cover photos with official and unofficial #Stop114A badges.

While the Internet Blackout does not mean going offline completely, some Malaysian netizens have chosen to do so in support of the
campaign.

Many deem the Section 114A amendment of the Evidence Act 1950 as draconian and a blatant invasion of privacy and human rights.

Read more at the official Stop114A blog.

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The act is currently operational after being passed in Dewan Rakyat, without public dialogue.

The campaign continues.

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