Cyber laws to be reviewed to curb IT, social media abuse: Azalina

Source: NST Online

File pic taken from NST Online

File pic taken from NST Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s cyber laws will be studied and enhanced to prevent abuse of information technology (IT) and social media, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.

She said the move was necessary based on developments today which saw the influence of social media playing a major role in the lives of the people. “It cannot be denied the benefits of social media as an easy, quick and cheap agent of communication.

But, the trend of cyber attacks as well as abuse of social media is seen as getting rampant,” she told a media conference after attending the 2016 Student Parliamentary Session lunch here today.

She said certain parties were abusing social media with the aim to commit fraud, recruit terrorists and plant hatred against the government as well as disrupting national harmony.

Azalina stressed that the government did not intend to curtail the freedom to voice and the right to use cyber space, but studies on the legal cyber limits needed to be made to protect users from becoming victims.

“The review is aimed at looking at the balancing point between a user’s freedom and responsibility,” she said.

Azalina was earlier reported as saying a special cyber court to try crimes under cyber laws was expected to be operational in Kuala Lumpur next month, followed by Selangor and Johor. Read more

Child Act (Amendment) 2016 gazetted

Source: FMT

The amended Act includes the child registry which will now contain records of convicts who commit crimes against children to allow screenings to be conducted.

PUTRAJAYA: The Child Act (Amendment) 2016 with four main amendments – child registry, community service order (CSO), a family-based care and heavier penalty – was gazetted yesterday after obtaining the consent of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim said the ministry would conduct an awareness campaign to ensure that the public and all agencies were ready before enforcing the Act.

“This is good news for the ministry after three years, and after various meetings were held to improve the Act and it took into account current issues related to pedophilia, etc,” she told reporters at the ministry’s Aidilfitri gathering here today.

She said the child registry would now contain records of convicts who committed crimes against children to allow screenings to be conducted on individuals working with children as an added safety measure.

Meanwhile, the CSO is a rehabilitation programme for children who are involved in crime and adult offenders, including the mother, father and guardians, who abuse or neglect their children.

She said the amendment would also increase the fines and enable prison sentences to be raised to RM50,000 and 20 years for offences under Section 31.

IGP: New security laws ‘better than ISA’

Source: The Malay Mail Online

PUTRAJAYA, July 26 ― There is no need to revive the abolished Internal Security Act (ISA) as the newly legislated security laws are much more effective, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) said that laws like the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) has made the ISA irrelevant.

“We don’t need ISA anymore, we have Poca, Sosma and Poca. I think these combined laws are better than ISA.

“We can forget about ISA, because we are more comfortable now with these new laws. We are confident we can maintain law, peace and order with these laws,” he told reporters during a press conference today after attending the Asean Police (Aseanapol) conference here today.

The other laws that Khalid was referring to is the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) and the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act [Sosma]. Read more

National Security Council (NSC) Act to take effect on August 1

Source: The Malay Mail Online

NSC_Act_2016KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 — The controversial National Security Council (NSC) Act 2016 that allows the government to hold emergency powers is set to be in force on August 1 this year.

The date was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in a federal gazette dated June 24 that was published on the e-Federal Gazette site on July 14.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by subsection 1(2) of the National Security Council Act 2016 (Act 776), the prime minister appoints 1 August 2016 as the date on which the Act comes into operation,” said Najib, referring to Section 1(2) that states that the Act will come into operation on a date set by the prime minister.

The NSC Act did not receive express royal assent and was gazetted without amendments despite the Conference of Rulers saying last February that some of the provisions should be refined.

The NSC Act proposes to allow the National Security Council — which would be chaired by the prime minister — to take command of the country’s security forces and impose strict policing of areas deemed to face security risks. Read more