Fahmi: We Need To Amend Act 588 To Improve Digital And Network Security To Prepare For The Future

The Comms and Digital Minister said the act has never been amended for 25 years.
(credit Malay Mail)

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Digital security and network protection are critical in our interconnected world due to increasing cyber threats like hacking and identity theft. Laws provide a framework of rules and regulations that govern the use, access, and distribution of information, set standards for data protection, cybersecurity, and privacy.

They prevent cybercrime, provide legal remedies, and hold responsible parties accountable. Without legal frameworks, digital security and networks would be vulnerable to cyber threats with severe and far-reaching consequences.

Malay Mail reports that the proposed amendments to the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (Act 588) aims to enhance the security and network aspects in response to the growing use and reliance on digital services, according to Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil.

Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (Act 588) is,

An Act to provide for and to regulate the converging communications and multimedia industries, and for incidental matters.

He noted that the changes would support the development of Malaysia’s communications and multimedia industry, which faces different challenges and opportunities than it did 25 years ago when the Act was first introduced. Fahmi also called for feedback on the amendments from MPs, legal experts, NGOs, and the public.

He also shared that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) received a total of 2,804 complaints from January 2019 to January this year and of that number, 1,625 involved obscene content, 564 false information and 541 inappropriate content.

He said the ministry would work with the Home Ministry to prevent the misuse of the Act’s provisions. Other than that, in response to a question about balancing political issues raised by leaders, Fahmi suggested that the public verify facts through platforms such as SEBENARNYA.MY and MyCheck.My.

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