Importance Of Freedom Of Speech In Malaysia

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Introduction

Freedom of speech is defined as the right to freedom of expression. It upholds the rights of all to express their views and opinions freely. It allows the individual to express themselves without interference and restrictions from the government. It is one of the most fundamental rights that every individuals enjoy and a cornerstone of democratic rights and freedoms. It can be considered as one of the most dangerous rights as freedom of speech refers to an individual to express one’s dissatisfaction with the status quo and the desire to change. As such it can also be considered as the most threatened rights.

Fundamental rights is defined as “the absolute rights that a citizen of a country possess that cannot under the majority of circumstances be taken from the citizen.” It means that all people have basic of human rights that they are entitled to. Looking at the legal standpoint, these rights are mainly those stated in the legal rulings or region laws. In this world of fast changing and the influence of modern technology, many countries state the rights of their citizens

It is important to acknowledge the freedom of speech in a democratic society. Freedom of speech is essential in enabling democracy to work and public participation in decision-making. Citizens cannot exercise
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The freedom of speech is written under Article 10 (1) (a) of the Federal Constitution which states that ‘every citizen has the right to freedom of speech and expression’. This right is only accorded to citizens, thus non-citizen has no claim over the violator of his or her freedom of speech and expression. It is granted to the Malaysians as a birth right. The act of freedom of speech is not limited to only to the ability of the people to use verbal efforts to voice out, but also it gives the people the right to protest about issues they are not happy and

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