The right to freedom of expression in Malaysia is guaranteed under Article 10 Federal Constitution. The protection of this right is integral not only to Malaysia’s progress as a democratic country, but also to the survival and development of every individual citizen.
Although the enjoyment of one’s freedom of expression may be restricted, such restrictions must always be grounded in law, and necessary and proportionately enforced to achieve legitimate aims. Expressions that propagate war and advocate the incitement to national, racial and religious hatred, violence and discrimination must also be prohibited.
Since its inception, the Commission has consistently called and made recommendations for reform of laws regulating freedom of expression, including for the repeal of Sedition Act 1948. The Commission has also monitored assemblies and rallies; made interventions, conducted public inquiries and held watching briefs in cases targeting human rights defenders; and conducted various stakeholder and public engagements and programs with international and local experts to promote the protection of freedom of expression in Malaysia.