Malaysian Media Council Bill almost ready, possible tabling at next Parliament meeting, says Fahmi

PUTRAJAYA: The much-anticipated law to establish the Malaysian Media Council (MMC) is in its final stages of preparation, says Fahmi Fadzil (pic).

Despite not giving a clear deadline, the Communications Minister said he was hopeful that the Bill would be ready soon.

"The process to develop the Bill took some time as it required us to consult with the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) before being discussed and decided on by the Cabinet.

"With this, we are hopeful that it (establishment of the MMC) will be concluded in the not-too distant future," he said in his speech at the launch of the new Malaysian Code of Ethics for Journalists on Tuesday (Feb 20).

Previously on Jan 18, Deputy Communications Minister Teo Nie Ching said that the ministry had prepared a draft Cabinet memorandum on the MMC Bill to be sent to the AGC for approval.

She said that the ministry was optimistic that the Bill would be ready in time for tabling at the Dewan Rakyat meeting from Feb 26 to March 27 but said they were confident the Bill would be presented at the subsequent second meeting in June if otherwise.

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