Malaysian Govt wants to introduce a kill switch for any online domains or platforms

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De facto Law Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said has announced that the Federal Government is planning to introduce a kill switch against fraudulent activities on any online domains or platforms automatically. Speaking in the Dewan Rakyat today, Azalina said that steps are being taken to create a legal system capable of doing so. 

As reported by Bernama, the de facto Law Minister added that the MADANI Government is also drafting a new law which includes provisions regarding the procedure and enforcement of the kill switch. This is meant to increase the level of digital security in a detailed and clear manner. 

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Azalina elaborated that most of the existing laws related to cyber security and online crime were drafted before 2010, thus they needed to be amended. Besides that, several other laws are also being reviewed, including the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds from Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (Act 613), the Penal Code (Act 574) and the Criminal Procedure Code (Act 593) to enable stolen money to be returned to victims. 

The de facto Law Minister said that the Working Committee on the Drafting of New Laws Related to Cybercrime held its first meeting on 5 February. The Committee was jointly chaired by Azalina, Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil and Digital Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

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