PH mulls making internet access constitutional right

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo says the proposal is aimed at allowing Malaysians to benefit from the national e-economy and e-commerce.

CYBERJAYA: The proposal for internet access to be made a constitutional right will be brought to the Cabinet in the near future, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

He said the proposal was aimed at allowing Malaysians to benefit from the national e-economy and e-commerce.

“The proposal will bring about an abundance of benefits and access to information for the people without involving any political elements,” he said after a visit to the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) here today.

Gobind said if the right to internet access was guaranteed under the constitution, state and federal governments would be more serious in their efforts to provide it to every Malaysian.

“I am looking at the constitutional amendment. For a start, I will raise (this proposal) at the Cabinet level and then I will see whether it will be supported by the MPs,” he said.

Gobind said the proposal would also have a positive impact on the country’s internet facilities in terms of connectivity, lower internet costs and better speed.

He said the announcement regarding internet services would be made after Hari Raya and discussions were ongoing with telecommunication companies to improve the three aspects.

On the consumer data breach at the education ministry and Astro, he said he had given the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) a week to submit a report.

“Data breach is a very serious problem. I don’t take it lightly, I want MCMC to come back to me on the matter,” he said.

The minister also urged the public to lodge a report should they be aware of any incident of data leakage to enable a thorough investigation to be carried out and measures taken to curb a recurrence.

Yesterday, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said the School Examination Analysis System (SAPS) was temporarily unavailable due to data breach.

It was also reported that the personal data of more than 50,000 Astro customers had been offered for sale online at RM3,000 for every 10,000 customers.