MALAYSIA - The Government will double its efforts to curb the influence of negative elements that could destroy the nation's social fabric.
Towards this end, a council under the directive of the Cabinet has been set up to strategise efforts to be taken to create a united Malaysia by emphasising on harmony and decency.
The National Social Council chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was set up in Parliament yesterday. Its members are made up of nine ministers and two social activists.
The Coordination and Imple-mentation Unit of the Prime Minister's Department in a statement said the Government felt such a council was necessary as social issues in the country were becoming more complicated and complex.
The Government, it said, would pool all its resources to solve social problems that could threaten the country.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Razali Ibrahim said the recent amendments to the Penal Code regarding the disclosure of information would not hamper or disrupt the Malaysian Anti Corrup-tion Commission's fight against corruption.
Speaking at a press conference in the Parliament lobby he said the amendment was not meant to protect those involved in corrupt practices.
"Many view that the provision was included to protect corrupt practices. That is just a perception and is untrue," he said, adding that there are provisions in the Penal Code that offer protection to witnesses.