2014 was another interesting year in cyberspace for Malaysia’s legal fraternity, with numerous charges being made against statements made online and offline, writes Foong Cheng Leong, who gives us a rundown.
The ‘Sensible and Ethical Malaysian United Troopers’ (Semut) group said it will monitor social media for sensitive remarks or comments 'that can be harmful to society,' but it must prove it does not practise the double standards that Malaysian authorities do, writes A. Asohan.
Industry regulator the MCMC has urged the public to stop sending, sharing and posting ‘hate speech’ via social media.
Barely a month after the gazetting of the controversial Evidence (Amendment) (No 2) Act 2012, or Section 114A, the youth wing of the rulling coalition Umno hogged the headlines last week as it allegedly uploaded a seditious posting ostensibly on its Facebook page. Whatever the case, Edwin Yapp argues that the authorities are now in the spotlight and they must act swiftly and fairly to avert the perception of favortism.
The Centre for Independent Journalism has handed a petition against recent amendments to the Evidence Act 1950 to de facto Deputy Law Minister Datuk V.K. Liew in Parliament. The petition collected more than 3,300 signatures and called on the Malaysian Government to withdraw Section 114A of the Evidence (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2012 because it threatens freedom of expression online and presumes the guilt rather than innocence of Internet users publishing content online.
Concerned netizens in Malaysia are calling on the Government to withdraw the amendment to the Evidence Act 1950, which civil advocates say will have serious repercussions on Internet use and freedom of expression in the country.They have started a Facebook page 1Million Malaysians against Evidence (Amendment) (No2) Act 2012 and an online petition Netizens against Evidence (Amendment) (No2) Act 2012.