AG mulling life imprisonment for those who leak secrets

Source: Malaysiakini

Attorney-general Mohamad Apandi Ali is mulling to amend laws to increase the punishment for those who leak state secrets and journalists who report them.

He said the Attorney-General’s Chambers is looking to amend the Official Secrets Act 1972 to include life imprisonment and 10 strokes of the rotan as punishments.

“In some countries, the leaking of official secrets is a serious offence, like in China where it carries the death sentence,” he told Sin Chew Daily in an exclusive interview.

The top prosecutor insisted that should journalists protect or refuse to reveal the sources by invoking journalistic ethics, they will be considered collaborating with a potential saboteur. Read more