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No plans for Hate Speech Act, current laws enough, says govt

THE government does not plan to create new laws to specifically deal with “Hate Speech” as the current laws are sufficient.

National Unity Minister Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang (picture) said the current laws are Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and six sections under the Penal Code have covered seditious statements in the digital world.

“The ministry is of the opinion that there is no need to enact or introduce a new law at this time and it is sufficient to improve the enforcement of the existing laws.

“However, if the situation is urgent and the government sees that the existing laws need to be revised to curb some conversations (hate speech) or acts of provocation that can threaten harmony, then the ministry will fully support it,” he said in a reply to V Ganabatirau (PH-Klang) at Dewan Rakyat today.

Ganabatirau asked the government whether it has any intention to come up with a new law specifically involving anti-racism, hate speech, and minority protection — TMR / pic Bernama


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