PROGRESSIVE amendments to the Penal Code will be considered by the Government following a mixed reaction from MPs during the debates on the amendments to the law, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri (pic).
She said the amendments would be discussed with the Attorney-General’s Chambers as there were several areas of the law that needed fine-tuning following differing feedback from the lawmakers.
“There is room for improvement and I will do my best to ensure they are carried out.
“Among the areas that can be looked into again, for example, is Clause 11 which prohibits a person from revealing information obtained in their professional capacity, with a RM1mil fine and/or a year of jail term.
“We will make it more specific to cover serious crimes,” she added.
Nancy added that the Government could either carry out the amendments as part of an ongoing process to strengthen the Penal Code, or that the Bill could be referred back to the Lower House by Dewan Negara for more changes to be made.
“Singapore and Australia has carried out more than 50 amendments to their Penal Codes,” she said.
Prior to the passing of the amendments on Tuesday, the MPs raised concerns that the impact of the new law would be too wide-ranging and could be applied to civil society groups and journalists.
Nancy said that the new law was aimed at organised crime groups and to stop sensitive information being leaked to criminals.
“Please don’t be worried, the law is not intended to be used against journalists,” she said.
On when the amendments would be done, Nancy said that no time frame was set but it would likely be done in the present parliament session.
On the proposed National Harmony Act, Nancy said she has yet to go through the proposed draft Bill and could not confirm when it would be tabled in Parliament.
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