Published: Thursday September 13, 2012 MYT 12:02:00 AM
Updated: Thursday September 13, 2012 MYT 12:03:56 AM
PM: Evidence Act amendment to protect people
KUALA LUMPUR: The Evidence Act amendment is a modern and forward-looking legislation aimed at protecting the people from Internet-based crimes such as cyber bullying, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Wednesday.
"As a government, it is our responsibility to ask: how do we ensure that online reporting is responsible?
"How do we ensure that people do not become the victims of intimidation and cyber-bullying? How do we ensure that freedom co-exists with respect?
"It was with these questions in mind that we amended the Evidence Act. Perhaps it wasn't explained clearly enough what this meant for web-users in Malaysia. And I believe that it is a modern and forward-looking piece of legislation," he said at the National Press Club (NPC) Awards 2012 here.
The amendments to the Evidence Act 1950, including the introduction of Section 114A, became controversial especially in cyberspace when it was gazetted on June 31.
Section 114A was argued to be lopsided as it can liberally bring to court those who publish and replicate or post seditious and defamatory contents in the Internet, regardless of whether or not the material originated from them. - Bernama