Communications and Multimedia Act will be Amended, Not Repealed

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The Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA) 1998 will be amended and not repealed for now, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

He said the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government could not repeal the CMA for now even though it promised in its 14th General Election (GE14) manifesto to remove laws deemed a threat to free speech.

“CMA deals with a lot of regulatory frameworks…so to repeal it (CMA) now is unattainable. However, certain sections such as Section 233 and 211 of the Act, could be discussed whether to be repealed or not,” he said in an interview with BFM Radio today.

Section 211 deals with improper use of network facilities or network service while Section 233 prohibits the publication of offensive content on the Internet. In the past, Section 233 has been used against Opposition members.

“The amendments to the provisions in the law will also partly ensure that there will not be political persecution,” Gobind said.