KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 8 – The government will be considering on the proposal requires registered of the news portal under the amendments of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which will be tabled in Parliament this October. Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said he was studying the proposals included conducting detailed studies by taking a sample implementation in neighboring countries such as Singapore.
“We will look at the structure of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and the drafting to address issues such as the spread of pornography, online gambling and the threat of militant IS,” he said in an exclusive interview with The Star newspaper.
“Among the proposed amendments, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) may be given the ability to block any social networking site that could potentially threaten the security and stability of the country. However, the government has assured the use of social media will not be fully blocked as long as it does not violate the law or received any report from a particular party,” he said.
“In the same time, I also would like to dismissed the allegations of legal amendments were related to the issue of the country’s strategic investment company 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). It has nothing to do with 1MDB because like most countries, it is customary when a law was amended to ensure continued relevance. This law needs to be improved since its introduction in 1998,” he added.
The Commission has so far met with more than 250 stakeholders to get their feedback relating to the amendment of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. The amendment if passed in parliament will see websites like astroawani.com also not exempt from regulations requiring registration with the ministry.