Cyber Security Bill expected to be tabled by year-end

SEREMBAN: The Cyber Security Bill is projected to be tabled by the end of this year at the latest, says the Deputy Communications Minister.

Teo Nie Ching said that the ministry was reviewing various aspects of the Bill and seeking feedback from the Attorney General’s Chambers and several other ministries before submitting it for Cabinet approval.

“We recently concluded our third meeting on the Bill, chaired by the Communications Minister, Fahmi Fadzil and the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Institutional Reform), Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, on May 14 at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission office.

“As of now, I can report that the draft is about 60% complete.

“We aim to table it in Parliament in July but if that timeline is not feasible, we will ensure it is tabled by the final parliamentary session at the end of the year,” she said yesterday, Bernama reported.

Teo, who is also DAP Wanita chief, spoke to reporters after the Negri Sembilan Wanita DAP Division regular group meeting, which included representatives from eight divisions.

She said the Bill aims to ensure that all platform providers in the country adhere to the relevant standard operating procedure under their purview, as well as facilitate authorities in obtaining information and conducting investigations related to online security issues.

She noted that the ministry also plans to update existing legislation to improve it and close as many loopholes as possible.

In March, Teo reported that the Cabinet had decided to introduce the Cyber Security Bill and instructed the ministry and the Legal Affairs Division of the Prime Minister’s Department to study its necessity.

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