S3E7 Seek to Speak (Mock) Trials - Should Freedom of Speech be limited in Malaysia?

1h 7m | Sep 12, 2021

Welcome to Season 3 of the Seek to Speak Podcast where we celebrate the power of words and what better way to celebrate our words by discussing our freedom to speak in a mock trial setting with our wonderful guests!

On the side of Plaintiff, we have the amazing debater extraordinaire, Mai Mokhsein, the first Malaysian to be crowned Asia's best speaker and the only person to be in 4 consecutive Asian finals. She is currently the head coach for Malaysia's debate team and works for a private education firm in Hong Kong. Her client, and also Plaintiff for this case is Civil Liberties!

Representing the Defendant, Law & Order, we have the esteemed Ahmad Zulfikri, a famous litigator and advocate fighting for public order and security. Zul was the captain of his varsity moot team where he represented his institution in several international moot competitions, moot author and coach for several national and international level moot competitions. Zul is currently a civil litigator specializing in private and commercial disputes and has appeared in all levels of courts.

We hope that this Mock Trial will educate and enlighten you on the nuanced issues surrounding freedom of speech in Malaysia as well as highlight the arguments on both divided in order for you to best make your own decisions.

Subjects and Personalities that we will be discussing in the episode include:

  • Censorship
  • Governmental abuse
  • Political dissent
  • Misinformation and Fake News
  • COVID-19 vaccination
  • Spread of Religious and Racial hatred
  • Cyberbullying
  • Nudity and Porn
  • Blasphemous texts
  • Arrest of Fahmi Reza
  • Banning of Zakir Naik
  • Anti-Fake News Act & Sedition Act
  • The Emergency Ordinance

Listen and tell us what you think! Who do you think won?

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