In his posting via najibrazak.com, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak defended the Malaysian Government’s track record of upholding free speech and democracy, carried in a scathing tone aimed at rebutting numerous articles published by the American press.
Defending the nation’s track record of upholding democracy, Najib said that “we repealed the Internal Security Act (ISA) and ended the State of Emergency that had existed for over 60 years.
“We increased media freedom by scrapping restrictions on newspaper publishing licences.
“We reformed the Universities Act to allow undergraduates to participate in political activities.
“We passed the Peaceful Assembly Act and enshrining in law the right to peaceful protest.”
In his post, Najib criticised the opposition for their attempt in besmirching the nation’s reputation overseas.
“The opposition and their allies have sought to blacken Malaysia’s name in the American media, making a series of wild claims culmination in the false claim that Malaysia is in danger of sliding into a dictatorship.”
Recently, the Wall Street Journal’s Editorial Board published an editorial piece criticising President Donald Trump’s decision to invite Najib to the White House, along with several other articles of a similar nature.
Najib’s writing repeatedly showed examples of how free speech is very much alive and well in the nation, citing numerous examples of the fact that critics can continue to speak freely, and as they wish, to various press and media organisations, even if it is at the expense of his administration or the nation