Malaysia

Saifuddin backs repealing law that could curb Net freedom

By Ida Lim
August 11, 2012
Latest Update: August 12, 2012 07:28 am

The amendment shifts the burden of proof onto the accused, and goes against the rules of natural justice. — Reuters pic The amendment shifts the burden of proof onto the accused, and goes against the rules of natural justice. — Reuters pic KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11 ― Deputy Minister of Higher Education Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah today said he supports repealing the controversial Section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950, widely seen as an attempt to curb Internet freedom, despite the clause only being four months old.

The amendment to the Evidence Act, which was passed in Parliament on April 18 after it was first tabled on April 10, is now in force after it was gazetted on July 31.

“I am all for repealing Section 114A,” Saifuddin told reporters today, saying that there should be an alternative to the legal clause.

Earlier, the Umno supreme council member had spoken at a public forum on whether Section 114A signals the end of internet freedom.

“As a Barisan Nasional guy who supports democratic reforms and... a mature democracy, I take this as a hiccup,” he said.

The other forum panellists were lawyers Faisal Moideen, Foong Cheng Leong and K. Shanmuga.