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Singapore Repeals British Era Sedition Law After 83 Years

Singapore has repealed the Sedition Act, which was first introduced in 1948 during the British rules. On Tuesday (October 5) MPs have voted to repeal the act stating that its application is ‘limited’ as other laws deal with similar offences in a more targeted manner. Law Minister K Shanmugam said that some aspects are no longer relevant and have not been relevant for a long time.

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The bill to repeal the act was introduced in Parliament on September 13. Shanmugan stated that with time, there were other laws that covered some of the seditious tendencies mentioned in the Act.

These laws include the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act, the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act 2019, the Administration of Justice Act 2016, the Undesirable Publications Act, the Newspaper and Printing Presses Act, and specific provisions under the Penal Code

The decades-old colonial Sedition Act was first introduced in 1948. It criminalises conduct with sedition tendencies including promoting disaffection against the Government and feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes.