Nancy: Government mulls renaming of National Harmony Bill

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  • Thursday, 06 Mar 2014

Nancy (right) with MIC Wanita chief Mohana Muniandy at the launching of the MIC legal and bankruptcy aid clinic on Thursday.

KUALA LUMPUR: The proposed National Harmony Bill may be renamed once details are finalised, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nancy Shukri on Thursday. 

She said the Government planned to look at the elements and form of offences that could be included into the Bill, which may lead to a name change, she told reporters after launching the MIC legal and bankruptcy aid clinic. 

The Law Minister said that the Bill, which is to replace the Sedition Act 1948, needs to highlight more "positive elements rather than offences." 

Nancy, who is also Batang Sadong MP, said her department was still gathering feedback from stakeholders to be included into the Bill, which was still being drafted. 

In 2012, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that the Sedition Act would be repealed and replaced with a new National Harmony Bill as part of the country's political transformation plan. 

Najib said the decision to replace the Sedition Act was made to find a mechanism to determine the best balance between ensuring every citizen's freedom of expression, and the need to handle the complex nature of the country's multi-racial and multi-religious society. 

On matters that would be discussed in the upcoming Parliament session, which begins next week, Nancy said her ministry would be tabling a Judges' Remuneration (Amendment) Bill 2013. 

"Its amendments will see better pensions for judges," she said. 

Earlier, in her speech, Nancy said last year, the number of bankrupts present for case administration at the Malaysian Department of Insolvency increased 51% from 26,021 individuals in 2012 to 39,279 individuals last year. 

"There was also an increase of 4% in the number of bankrupts making monthly installment payments from 116,939 individuals in 2012 to 121,051 individuals in 2013,” she said. 

According to Nancy, 16,394 people were awarded certificates of discharge in 2013.





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