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Freedom Of Speech

Those who opine that freedom of speech is not absolute need to think again. Of course it is!

Where governments think that it represents a danger to individuals or the community they can, and do, legislate to limit it in specific ways. None of that can be news to any lawyer in Malaysia. Nor can any Malaysian lawyer be ignorant of the law of defamation and the possibility it offers to any citizen who thinks he has been defamed in any way.

What the Thomas book does do is expose the hypocrisy of the political class who, while pretending to work for the public good, often engage in backstabbing and worse. Perhaps lawyers who think freedom of speech is not absolute would be better employed worrying about the basic freedoms that all Malaysians ought to enjoy but which they are prevented from doing  so by PN and their backers. What emergency?

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