PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya is looking to review the relevant laws to better handle issues related to race, religion and royalty (3R) offences, says law and institutional reform minister Azalina Othman Said.
While there are already laws in place to handle the recent increase in 3R provocation cases, Azalina said some of the laws were enacted seven decades ago.
The laws in question include the Sedition Act 1948, Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, Election Offences Act 1954 and the Penal Code.
“Therefore, the government intends to review the relevance of these existing laws to ensure that legislation is aligned with current developments,” she said in a statement after attending a stakeholder engagement session.
Azalina said the stakeholder engagement session today involved focus group discussions and the 3R legal dialogue.
During the session, the minister said three main options were presented, which are repealing and enacting new acts, amending existing laws holistically, or maintaining the status quo with alternative approaches.
“The outcome of the focus group discussions and the 3R legal dialogue will be presented to the Cabinet,” she added.
In March, communications and digital minister Fahmi Fadzil said two laws under the purview of his ministry will be amended to tackle insensitive comments on the 3R.
The two laws are the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1998.