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Deputy Communications Minister Teo Nie Ching speaks to reporters after the International Women’s Day celebration organised by the Deputy Communications Minister’s Office and MyCreative Ventures in Kuala Lumpur on March 8, 2024. — Picture by BERNAMA

Cyber Security Bill to be tabled by year-end

SEREMBAN, May 19 — Deputy Communications Minister Teo Nie Ching said the Cyber Security Bill is projected to be tabled by the end of this year at the latest.

She stated that the ministry is currently reviewing various aspects of the bill and seeking feedback from the Attorney-General’s Chambers and several other ministries before submitting it for Cabinet approval.

“We recently concluded our third meeting on the bill, chaired by the Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil and the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Institutional Reform) Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, on May 14 at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission office.

“As of now, I can report that the draft is approximately 60 percent complete. We aim to table it in Parliament in July, but if that timeline is not feasible, we will ensure it is tabled by the final parliamentary session at the end of the year,” she said.

Teo, who is DAP Wanita chief, spoke to reporters after the Negeri Sembilan DAP Wanita Division regular group meeting, which included representatives from eight divisions.

Teo said the bill aims to ensure that all platform providers in the country adhere to standard operating procedures and facilitate authorities in obtaining information and conducting investigations related to online security issues.

She noted that the ministry also plans to update and improve existing legislations and close as many loopholes as possible.

In March, Teo reported that the Cabinet had decided to introduce the Cyber Security Bill and instructed the Communications Ministry and Legal Affairs Division of the Prime Minister’s Department to study its necessity.

— Bernama

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