OSA not to intimidate and persecute critics

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The Malaysian Government was putting another nail in the coffin of government transparency and accountability.

PRESS STATEMENT The Human Rights Watch (HRW) is shocked that the Malaysian Government was prosecuting Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli for revealing a page of this year’s Auditor General’s report. It contains information on government performance that should be made publicly available and debated in Parliament rather than locked away under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

We urge the government to cease using “this law”, OSA, to intimidate and persecute those demanding it take responsibility for its actions.

By criminalizing Rafizi’s act, the Malaysian Government was putting another nail in the coffin of government transparency and accountability, and clearly violating his rights. Malaysia needs to revise the Official Secrets Act to bring in into compliance with international human rights standards.

 

Phil Robertson

Deputy Director of the Asia Division

Human Rights Watch.

 

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