It is time to change social media laws, says Malaysia's minister in PM's dept

It is time to change social media laws, says Malaysia's minister in PM's dept
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PETALING JAYA - Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said will propose that an emergency parliamentary meeting be called to amend laws governing social media.

The amendments, she said, were necessary because of the "lies" that had poisoned the rakyat's mind and caused negative perception.

Voicing her support for the Prime Minister's call for the Malaysian Communi-cations and Multimedia Commi-ssion (MCMC) laws to be tightened, she said negative sentiments towards the Government were caused by "lies that had poisoned the rakyat's minds".

"I support the Prime Minister's speech and propose that an emergency parliamentary meeting be called to amend the Communi-cations and Multimedia Act 1988, the MCMC Act as well as all related laws, such as the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

"Of late, social media, as a platform, has been misused for freedom of speech that goes against the principles of democracy," she said.

Azalina was appointed minister in Tuesday's Cabinet reshuffle.

Parliamentary matters usually come under a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.

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