KUALA LUMPUR: The government has no intention to enact specific laws to deal with religious, racial hatred and anti-discrimination issues as proposed by the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC).
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohamed Hanipa Maidin said this was because the Pakatan Harapan-led government did not want to be labelled as a "legislative busybody."
Citing the United States Declaration of Independence, which touches on the abuses of King George III,"similarly, as a new government, we are not keen on over regulation," Hanipa told Lim Lip Eng (PH-Kepong) during Question Time in Parliament on Thursday (Nov 28).
Lim had asked the government whether it will enact the Religious and Racial Hatred Act, Anti-Discrimination Act and Harmony and Peace Commission Act to curb religious and racial polemic.
Hanipa said the Cabinet on Jan 30 agreed that all the proposed drafts by the NUCC must be reviewed with existing laws strengthened under the Penal Code.
However, Hanipa said the government was prepared to consider the establishment of the National Harmony and Reconciliation Commission.
"This is by making a few amendments on the current draft which was prepared by the NUCC in 2014 and also to consider the existence of other models in other countries," he said.
He said a technical committee comprising all related ministries and government agencies had been formed to review the setting up of the Commission to ensure there were no overlapping based on the current laws.
Asked if there was any timeframe for the establishment of the commission, Hanipa said the government was in the process of consulting all stakeholders.
"I was made to understand that the consultation process will be completed by year end.
"Maybe the Cabinet memorandum will be tabled by early of next year.
"If things go smoothly, maybe next year we will have a law to allow the establishment of the commission," he said.
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