Multimedia and Communication Act never stifled freedom of expression

The Multimedia and Communication Act, also known as Act 588, has never stifled freedom of expression, said Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil.

“In upholding the principles of democracy, every citizen is free to express their opinion and criticism but it has a limit, as long as it does not go against the existing laws.

“In this sense, Act 588 has never restricted what is provided under the Federal Constitution as long as the usage of the electronic media does not infringe the legal provisions of section 211 and 233 of Act 588,” Fahmi said in a parliamentary written reply.

“While freedom of expression is provided for under Article 10(2) of the Federal Constitution , it also allows any suitable measures to be taken in the interest of the security of the federation, bilateral relations, public order or moral principles,” he added.

He said this in response to V Ganabatirau (PH-Klang) who asked for a timeline to complete a revision on section 233 of the Communication and Multimedia Act that would serve to ensure the scope and use protects freedom of expression in line with the international human rights standards.

Fahmi revealed that stake holders and industry players had meted out their proposed amendment on Oct 30, Nov 1st and 3rd last year. He added the proposed amendments have been well received.

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